Arthur Schoonderwoerd is one of the most important fortepianists of his generation. His areas of special interest include the interpretation of music for the piano of the 18th and 19th, the unjustly neglected repertoire of this period, and the study of the various keyboard instruments of this period. After receiving a Master of Music Degree in Modern Piano at the Conservatory of Music, Utrecht (the Netherlands), Arthur Schoonderwoerd attended the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he studied Historical Keyboards with Jos van Immerseel. In 1995, he was unanimously awarded First Prize and obtained his Master’s Degree. He went on to earn his Cycle de Perfectionnement with first-class honours. In 1995, he was awarded both Third Prize and the Belgian Radio (BRT3) Prize at the 32nd Early Music Festival of Brugges, Belgium. In 1996, he was nominated the Juventus Laureate by the European Council at the sixth European Meeting of Young Musicians. He also was awarded the prize for the best solo performance for the 1996 Van Wassenaer Competition at the Ninth International Competition for Early Music Ensembles. Arthur Schoonderwoerd performs solo concerts throughout the world. He also devotes his time to chamber music and to the repertoire of the Lied. He performs frequently with well-known singers such as Johannette Zomer, Hans Jörg Mammel, Sandrine Piau, Isabelle Druet, Jan Kobow, David Wilson Johnsen, and Mark Padmore, and with musicians such as Eric Hoeprich, Jaap ter Linden, Barthold Kuijken, Wilbert Hazelzet, Miklos Spányi, François Leleux, Marcel Ponseele. He conducts and performs with his orchestra, Cristofori, exploring and illuminating the repertoire for piano and orchestra in his own unique style. All recordings in Arthur Schoonderwoerd’s discography are performed on historical pianos or facsimiles thereof. Since 2001, he has worked mainly with the Alpha label (awarded best label in 2005); his Alpha recordings include, among others, Dutch piano concertos and the complete piano concertos by Beethoven. Since 2011 he has start with Ensemble Cristofori a complete recording cycle of the Mozart piano concertos for the label “Accent”. Since 2004, Arthur Schoonderwoerd has been teaching classes in historical keyboards and chamber music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) Barcelona, Spain.
Andrea Coen received a harpsichord diploma at the Royal College of Music in London and a degree in Literature with a musicological address at the “La Sapienza” University of Rome. Interested among the first in Italy to the performance practice of ancient keyboard instruments, he has been performing concert activities in Italy, Europe and the US for more than twenty years as a harpsichordist, organist and fortepiano for the most prestigious musical institutions. He recorded for EMI, Denon, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Musicaimmagine Records, Dynamic, Bongiovanni and Stradivarius. He has collaborated with renowned soloists, conductors and chamber ensembles such as Aris Christofellis, Christopher Hogwood, L’Arte dell’arco, the Cappella Musicale di San Giacomo and the Ensemble Seicentonovecento (directed by Flavio Colosso), as well as the actresses Ottavia Piccolo and Monica Guerritore. He published the critical edition of the integral of the Sonatas for key instruments and of the Sextets by D. Cimarosa, the “Intavolatura di Ancona” (1644), the Intermezzi “Don Chisciotte” by GB Martini, represented in the 1992-93 season of the “Italcable Concerts” at the Teatro Sistina in Rome; is completing the publication of the organ, piano and vocal works in the edition of the Opera Omnia of Muzio Clementi (for which he is a member of the Scientific Committee) (Ut Orpheus editions of Bologna). He is a member of the advisory board of the semi-annual Ad Parnassum (Journal of Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Instrumental Music). The first modern critical edition of the Estro poetico-armonico by Benedetto Marcello, in collaboration with M. A. Cancellaro, commissioned to him by the Locatelli Foundation of Cremona for the Monumenta series (Editions Brepols, Belgium) is currently being published. He is one of the editors of the National Edition of Opera Omnia by Luigi Boccherini and a member of the Scientific Committee of the “Le Colonne del Decumano” Foundation. From 1986 to 2000 he collaborated on the musical programs of Radio Rai; has completed the complete cycle of the television program Anteprima Note&Teatri for Stream TV as curator and host and collaborated with Vatican Radio. In 1993 he obtained the “Golden Key” of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma for artistic merit. He is professor of harpsichord at the Conservatory A. Casella de L’Aquila, professor of fortepiano at the Conservatory of S. Cecilia in Rome and organist of the Basilica of San Giacomo in Augusta in Rome. He was invited as a member of the international jury of the Premio Bonporti and Premio Ferrari of Rovereto. In 2002 he performed unpublished organ and piano works by M.Clementi in Friborg, Zurich, Sion, Leeds, Zaragoza, Los Angeles, Parma and Rome. Since the year 2001 he is a member of the Societé de l’Orchester de Sion. In the month of March 2007 he was invited by Leon Plantinga and Malcolm Bilson for concerts and lectures at the Yale University the Cornell University. In 2008 he presented his recital at Fitzwilliam College (Cambridge University): “Italian keyboards thorough History”
Temenuschka Vesselinova was born in Schumen, Bulgaria, where she received the first piano lessons. Soon he demonstrated musical talent, giving his first concert at the age of eight. In 1968, after the training period in Sofia, she settled in Italy. Pupil of Maria Tipo, she obtained the “cum laude” diploma at the Conservatory of Florence. Interesting in the study of performance practice on historical instruments, where she graduated in harpsichord with “First Prize” under the guidance of Robert Kohnen (Mons) Conservatory (Belgium). Alternating with numerous tours as a soloist alternating with numerous tournées as soloist he has taught piano in Conservatories of Vicenza and Verona. It was commissioned by the Ministry of University and Scientific Research and Technology (Higher Education in Art and Music) of the first five-year course of “Old Piano” at the Conservatory of Vicenza. Using period instruments (or copies) has recorded the complete piano sonatas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Accent, Belgium) and the complete sonatas for piano and violin by the same author, with violinist Chiara Banchini (Harmonia Mundi, France). For the Carisch Editions (Milan) he edited the Urtext edition of the Sonatas for fortepiano by W. A. Mozart. He founded in Ala (Trento) the “Museo del Pianoforte Antico” and the “International Academy of Musical Interpretation on Antique Instruments”.
Romano Vettori has taken a degree in musicology and a PhD in Musicology and Musical Heritage at the University of Bologna, he has published essays in magazines and in musicological International series and he has made numerous transcriptions of sacred and secular music of the XVI-XVII and XVIII centuries. His research activity is accompanied by a rich organizational and concert activity as artistic director of the Academy of Ancient Music (Euregiomusica Project – Mitteleuropäisches Barockorchester und Chor, Premio Bonporti International Baroque Violin Competition and Premio Ferrari International Fortepiano Competition),performing artistic activity as director in Italy and abroad. He made engravings, mostly of unpublished works (Viadana, Cavalli, De Kerle) for Fonè, Stradivarius, Bongiovanni. Archivist of the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna, Professor of Choral Conducting and Choral Repertory at the Conservatory of Music “G. Tartini ” in Trieste.