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Cellists accompanists
Cellist accompanist
Lidy Blijdorp, a graduate of the Conservatoire National in Paris (where she was taught by Michel Strauss), is currently completing her studies under Gary Hoffman at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. She has won numerous prizes in major competitions, including at the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, the Grachtenfestival competition, and the Princess Christina Competition; in 2014, she won the Prix de l’Académie Maurice Ravel. She is a great lover of chamber music, in which she has performed in the world’s great concert halls, with Maria João Pires, for example, with whom she gave a recital in Madrid in 2015.
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The cellist Gideon den Herder, born in 1986, studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory under Monique Bartels and in Salzburg under Clemens Hagen. He completed his studies, under Thomas Grossenbacher in Zurich, where he qualified as a soloist. He has also followed classes in the baroque cello given by Jaap ter Linden and Roel Dieltiens. With the Trio Ottone, he won the A Tre early music competition in Trossingen (Germany) in 2009. Gideon den Herder is the cellist of the Van Baerle Trio and has been a member of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague since 2014.
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Katharina Litschig is from Switzerland. She studied under Roel Dieltiens in Zurich and Peter Bruns in Leipzig, while also playing in Spira mirabilis, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, and the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has studied early music in depth, and in particular continuo practice in the eighteenth century, under Kristin von der Goltz and Jan Freiheit. These days, Katharina Litschig frequently plays continuo as a guest of many baroque ensembles and also teaches in a music school in Leipzig.
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Karel Steylaerts studied at the Brussels Koninklijk Muziekconservatorium with Carlo Schmitz and then at the Hochschule für Musik of Cologne with Maria Kliegel. He was a prize winner of the 1990 Tenuto Competition. He has been Principal Cellist of the Beethoven Academie for many years. Karel Steylaerts is currently Principal Cellist at the Brussels Philharmonic. He is a member of the string trio TrioFenix with whom he is regularly invited to perform in many national and international festivals. He teaches at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles.
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After advanced studies at the conservatories of Boulogne-Billancourt and Paris, Émilie Wallyn continued her musical researches in the field of early music under the direction of specialists such as Christophe Coin and Bruno Cocset at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris. With her cello, she journeys through different epochs, engaging with composers and exploring their works and their choice of instruments within a variety of ensembles, including Il Seminario Musicale, Pulcinella, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. For ten years now, she has been co-soloist in the Les Siècles orchestra, to which she has made a major musical and educational commitment. She teaches the cello and chamber music at the Conservatoire du Kremlin-Bicêtre and shares her enthusiasm with audiences keen to learn more about music in discovery workshops at the Philharmonie de Paris.
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