Robert Selinger, artistic director / keyboards
Over the course of his studies in Stuttgart, Munich, and Toulouse, Robert worked intensively with keyboard instruments of all types. He devoted his energies in particular to the investigation of historical sources and playing techniques, as well as the study of historical organs and harpsichords preserved in their original condition. During this time, he also received numerous distinctions in international competitions, including the Arp-Schnitger-Competition Bremen and the Daniel-Herz-Competition Bressanone.
Important mentors and teachers have included Bernhard Haas, Jan Willem Jansen, Michel Bouvard und Christine Schornsheim.
As a chamber musician, Robert specializes both in continuo-playing and in the performance of Lied. He performs regularly with ensembles such as La Petite Bande, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, and Capella Istropolitana.
Robert teaches historical performance practice and basso continuo at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, as well as harpsichord and fortepiano as assistant to Christine Schornsheim at the Musikhochschule München.
Edouard Catalan, violoncello
Born in France in 1992, Edouard began studying the cello at the age of seven with Pierre Champagne at the Conservatoire d’Arras. At age 15 he entered the cello class Marc-Didier Thirault at the Conservatoire de Reims, at which point he began parallel studies in baroque cello with Pauline Warnier.
After obtaining his diplomas in modern cello (2009) and baroque cello (2010) from the Conservatoire de Reims, in 2012 he began studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the baroque cello class of of Hervé Douchy. He has also worked with Jéròme Pernoo, Marie-Thérèse Grisenti, Benjamin Chenier, Hélène Dufour, Fabrice Bihan, Xavier Gagnepain, David Zelik, and Jaap Terlinden.
He works regularly with conductors such as Leonardo García Alarcón, Guy van Waas, and Sigiswald Kuijken, and ensembles such as Les Agréments, La Petite Bande, Scherzi Musicali, The New Baroque Times, and the Collegium Musicum de Bruxelles. He is a founding member of the ensemble BarrocoTout.
Maria Raffaele, oboe
Originally from Arlington Virginia (USA), Maria Raffaele graduated in 2012 with her Bachelors in Oboe Performance and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She then moved to Basel (CH) to study historical oboes with Katharina Arfken at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in Early Music. From 2015 to 2018 she specialized in the performance of the Classical and Romantic repertoire on historical instruments as a member of the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes (FR), studying with Marcel Ponseele and Antoine Torunczyk, and receiving a Masters degree in 2018 from the orchestra’s partner institution, the Université de Poitiers.
In addition to her academic studies she has taken part in numerous advanced workshops and academies, learning from celebrated musicians like Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Alfredo Bernardini, Christophe Coin, Robert Levin, Rachel Podger, and Lorenzo Coppola.
As a freelance musician, Maria performs regularly with numerous orchestras and ensembles including Les Folies Françoises, La Petite Bande, Freiburger Barockorchester, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, A Venti Wind Octet, and Capriccio Barockorchester. A passionate chamber musician, she is the co-founder of multiple ensembles (Svapinga Consort, Atlantic Winds, I Fiori die Venti) and in 2013 was awarded the third prize with her ensemble I Fiori dei Venti at the L’Aquila International Competition of Early Music.
Since 2018, she has been pursuing her doctoral studies in musicology at the Université de Poitiers. She is an oboe instructor with the Philharmonie de Paris’s Project Démos and teaches Baroque Music History at the Department of Musicology of the Université de Tours.
Amy Shen, violin
Amy Shen began studying baroque violin and historical performance practice while completing degrees in modern viola at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in baroque violin from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and a Master’s degree from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Her principal teachers during her studies were Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Julie Andrijeski, Ryo Terakado, Veronika Skuplik and Thomas Albert.
Amy is concertmaster and a founding member of the Svapinga Consort and performs with Robert Selinger as the Schwanenberg Duo. She is regularly in demand as an ensemble musician on both violin and viola, performing with groups such as Apollo’s Fire, L’Arpeggiata, Bremer Barockorchester, Collegium Musicum Den Haag, Concerto Palatino, Ensemble Antico, la dolcezza and la festa musicale. Recent solo appearances include performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Svapinga Consort as well as a performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ Concerto with Ensemble Antico as part of the festival Musikwochen Weserbergland.