During his studies in Stuttgart, Munich, and Toulouse ROBERT SELINGER specialized in keyboard instruments of widely differing colors and styles. An important concentration was the parallel study of historical sources/performance techniques and historical organs and harpsichords. Important mentors and teachers included Bernhard Haas, Jan Willem Jansen, Michel Bouvard, and Christine Schornsheim.
As a chamber musician, he closely collaborates with Amy Shen as part of the Schwanenberg Duo. He regularly performs with ensembles like La Petite Bande, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, and the Heinrich-Schütz-Ensemble Vornbach.
Robert Selinger teaches historical performance practice, general bass, and chamber music at Salzburg Universität Mozarteum. He is also the music director of the Kreuzkirche München-Schwabing and artistic director of the Svapinga Consort.
MARIA RAFFAELE’s passion for music-making began at an early age at home with her family, and she soon began studying clarinet, piano, oboe, and voice in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia (USA). Through her advanced music studies at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (CH), and the Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye aux Dames/ Université de Poitiers (FR), she obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in modern and historical oboe performance. During this time, she benefited immensely from the teaching and mentoring of great musicians including Katharina Arfken, Antoine Torunczyk, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Alfredo Bernardini, and Lorenzo Coppola.
Maria has built a career bridging historical and modern oboe performance, playing regularly with numerous ensembles such as Les Folies Françoises, Les Paladins, Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Freiburger Barockorchester, La Petite Bande, and Capriccio Barockorchester. A committed and enthusiastic chamber musician, in 2016 she founded the Munich-based period instrument ensemble Svapinga Consort with keyboardist Robert Selinger.
In 2018, she began doctoral studies in musicology at the Université de Poitiers. She also teaches oboe as part of the Philharmonie de Paris’s Démos Project, has taught baroque music history courses for Bachelor’s students at the Université de Tours, works as a Web Editor for medici.tv, and is a freelance translator, writer, and graphic designer.