The core of Thalia Ensemble consists of fortepiano, flute, oboe, clarinet, natural horn and bassoon, but the instrumental forces can vary from duo to octet settings, and embrace the full repertoire of chamber music for wind instruments, with or without piano, from 1750 to 1850. We play with period instruments following the most up-to-date research on historical interpretation. We explore the sound palettes and richness of timbres of the different instrumental combinations chosen for each concert, with the aim of making them unique and memorable experiences. Since the beginning of 2011, the Thalia Ensemble has established itself as a leading ensemble in the field of classical and early romantic chamber music. We have performed in various Dutch and German concert series, as well as in Belgium, England and Portugal, and have had the privilege of playing on many important historical pianos. In August 2012, we were awarded the title of ’Selected Promising Ensemble’ in the International Young Artist’s Presentation in Antwerp and in July 2013, we won first prize in the York Early Music International Young Artists’ Competition. In July 2014 we recorded our first CD in York, released by Linn Records in November 2015.
Mayumi Eguro Fortepiano
Performing in Japan and Europe both as a soloist and a chamber musician, Mayumi Eguro has played highly appreciated concerts in e.g. the Early Music Festival in Utrecht (Nederland), the Vleeshuis and the AMUZ (Belgium) and the F. Neumeyer collection (Germany). Mayumi has had very successful tours of Japan with natural horn player Hylke Rozema and as a soloist. Mayumi won the highest prize in the 1st. International Music and Art Competition for high school students in Japan. She was awarded the title of ’Selected Promising Ensemble’ in the International Young Artist’s Presentation (Belgium) in 2009 with Hylke Rozema.
Mayumi studied piano with Yoshimi Tamaki at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo where she was introduced to the outstanding Arita collection of historical keyboard instruments. After graduating she began to study harpsichord and fortepiano with Chiyoko Arita and in 2003 went to the Conservatory of Amsterdam to study fortepiano under the guidance of Stanley Hoogland. She received her Master of Music diploma in 2009. Furthermore Mayumi studied clavichord with Menno van Delft and had lessons from the Belgian fortepianist Piet Kuijken, which added the extra dimension for the development of her music interpretation and instrumental technique. From 2013 to 2015 Mayumi gave fortepiano lessons at the Conservatory of Antwerp.
Belén Nieto Galán Flute
Historical flutist and recorder player Belén Nieto Galán started playing concerts at the age of thirteen. She finished her Masters in historical flutes (baroque and classical) with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Conservatory of Utrecht. She previously studied traverso with Jed Wentz, recorder with Paul Leenhouts and baroque bassoon and dulcians with Benny Aghassi at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Her musical studies began with recorders, flute and chamber music in San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid). Since an early age, Belén participated in many courses about both performing and building instruments. In The Netherlands Belén performs with specialized baroque ensembles such as Holland Baroque Society and Luthers Bach Ensemble. She has been part of the double sextet of renaissance recorders The Royal Wind Music, and she has worked with the foundation Memorabele Momenten performing for children from zero to four years old. She has collaborated with conductors such as Gary Cooper, Masaaki Suzuki and Jordi Savall. She recorded for Dutch, American and Spanish radios, as well as for the CD labels Lindoro, Music Concept and Linn records, with The Royal Wind Music, Jed Wentz, Manfred Kraemer and, of course, Thalia Ensemble.
Sarah Aßmann Oboe
Sarah Aßmann took up her historical oboe studies at the conservatories of Leipzig and then Trossingen, Germany, where she graduated from the class of Martin Stadler. From 2006 on she accomplished her education as a student of Alfredo Bernardini at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, obtaining her master’s degree in the summer of 2010. Both orchestral and chamber music projects all over Germany, the Netherlands, throughout Europe, Israel and the US belong to Sarah’s professional musical activities. Sarah has had the opportunity to work with early music specialists such as Lars-Ulrik Mortensen, Enrico Onofri, Ton Koopman, Reinhard Goebel, Jan Nuchelmans, Roy Goodman, Masaaki Suzuki, Christophe Rousset, Michi Gaigg, Hervé Niquet and Marcel Ponseele. In 2008 she performed more than 30 concerts with the European Union Baroque Orchestra as principal oboist. At present, Sarah performs on all historical oboe instruments, from the renaissance shawm to the romantic oboe with groups such as Concert Lorrain (Metz), AKAMUS (Berlin), Capella de la Torre (Berlin), Nieuwe Philharmonie (Utrecht), Les Ambassadeurs (France), Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (Israel), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Concerto Farinelli (Flensburg), Hannoversche Hofkapelle, Symphonische Compagney (Berlin) and Rebaroque (Stockholm). Furthermore, since 2007 Sarah is regularly performing and recording with the long established Nederlandse Bachvereniging and Jos van Veldhoven and belongs to their Young Bach Fellowship Program 2014/15.
Oscar Argüelles Clarinet
After graduating from the Barcelona Conservatoire, Oscar Argüelles took a Master’s Degree in Historical Clarinet at The Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. He has since collaborated and recorded with several early music ensembles all over Europe. Oscar performs concerts usually on his own handcrafted, accurate reconstructions of clarinets in order to mirror exactly the epoque in which the music was written. As a period soloist he has performed with orchestras the following pieces: chalumeau concertos by Fasch, Paganelli and Graupner; clarinet concertos by J. Stamitz and W.A. Mozart (with a basset-clarinet). Critics praised Oscar's “music perspective", "elegant phrasing", "dolce quality", “natural virtuosity” and "great subtle musicianship".
Hylke Rozema Natural horn
Natural horn player Hylke Rozema performs regularly with orchestras such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Concert d’Astrée, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Musiciens du Louvre, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, B’Rock and Collegium Vocale Gent. In the Netherlands he performs with ensembles as Il Concerto Barocco, Holland Baroque Society, Luthers Bach Ensemble, Musica Amphion and Concerto Amsterdam. Beginning with modern horn studies in Utrecht, Hylke graduated in 2006 as student of Peter Hoekmeijer and Jaap van der Vliet. His curiosity lead him then to historical horn playing, and he started studying with Teunis van der Zwart at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, receiving the Master of Music diploma in 2008. Furthermore, he participated several times in orchestra academies specialized in early performance practice, such as NJO summer academy with conductor Jos van Immerseel and the Jeunes Orchestra Atlantique with inspiring guidance of musicians as Alfredo Bernardini. On top of that, Hylke was member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2008 under the guidance of Lars-Ulrik Mortensen. With fortepianist Mayumi Eguro he created the Zierer Ensemble. In 2008 they played together a series of concerts in Japan. With this duo, he was selected for the finals of the International Young Artist Presentation 2009 in Antwerpen. In 2009 and 2010, he was invited to play in the Japanese orchestra The Classical Players Tokyo, lead by Masahiro Arita and gave lectures on the baroque and classical horn at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo.
José Rodrigues Gomes Bassoon
José Rodrigues Gomes was born in Lisbon (Portugal), where he studied musicology; he has lived in The Netherlands for over 10 years, and studied recorder and historical bassoons in The Hague and Amsterdam. His masters' research focused on the use of the dulcian in the portuguese polyphonic schools of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.
He is principal bassoonist of Divino Sospiro and Orquestra Barroca da Casa da Música, and has collaborated with orchestras and ensembles such as: Les Musiciens du Louvre – Grenoble; EUBO (European Union Baroque Orchestra); Irish Baroque Orchestra; Vox Luminis; La Grande Chapelle; or Musica Amphion. José worked with such renowned musicians as Enrico Onofri, Laurence Cummings, Marc Minkowski, Masaaki Suzuki, Andreas Staier, Monica Hugget, Chiara Banchini, Riccardo Minasi, Christophe Coin, Christophe Rousset, or Marc Hantaï.
José is a member of Capella Sanctae Crucis – under artistic direction of Tiago Simas Freire – specialized in research and interpretation of portuguese polyphonic music from the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, originating from the Monastery of Santa Cruz (Coimbra – Portugal).
Thalia Ensemble would like to thank the following friends and colleagues who are or have been colaborating with us:
Robert de Bree (oboe)
Daniel Lanthier (oboe)
Diederik Ornée (clarinet)
Thomas Carroll (clarinet)
JuanJo Molero Ramos (clarinet)
Kayo Nishida (clarinet)
Gilbert Camí Farràs (horn)
Pierre-Antoine Tremblay (horn)
Renske Wijma (horn)
Takako Kunugi (bassoon)
Gergő Farkas (bassoon)
Kaoru Iwamura (fortepiano)