Florian Heyerick (artistic direction/ensemble), Swantje Hofmann (violin), Viola de Hoog (cello), Peter Frankenberg (oboe), Wilhelm Bruns (cornet), Lorenzo Alpert (bassoon), Christopher Woods (clarinet, chalumeaux), Elisabeth Scholl (chant)
Florian Heyerick - artistic director
studied in Ghent, Brussels and Leuven and obtained first prizes for the recorder, flute and chamber music. He also graduated as a musicologist at the Ghent University. For several years , he was professor of choral conducting and the interpretation of early music at the Royal Conservatoire in Ghent. Florian Heyerick is the founder and artistic leader of the Ex Tempore ensemble. He is also a regular guest conductor of the Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, the baroque Orchestra ‘Le Mercure Galant', the Symphony Orchestra of Flanders, the BRTN Radio Choir, the Komische Oper, Berlin and the Amsterdam Ballet Orchestra.
He has worked on many CD recordings both as a conductor and a performer. His 1995 recording of Georg Philipp Telemann's passion-cantata ‘Der Tod Jesu' is considered to be an international standard for Telemann's vocal oeuvre. It was also the basis of his collaboration with the prestigious Baroque ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln. Florian Heyerick was acclaimed as ‘star of the 1997 Festival of Flanders'. Since 1984 he has been working intensely as an artistic director and conductor for several record companies. His efficient approach and stylistic insight into all periods from 1600 onwards are especially appreciated by all those musicians with whom he has worked both at home and abroad.
Swantje Hoffmann - violin
In 2003 she won (ex equo) the international competition for baroque violins “Premio Bonporti” in Italy and 2005 she finished third at the soloist competition “Musica Antiqua” in Bruges. Since 2003 Swantje Hoffmann has a university teaching position for violin and baroque violin at the conservatory in Frankfurt.
Viola de Hoog - cello
studied the cello at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam with Anner Bijlsma and Lidewij Scheifes. After finishing her studies with a solo- and chamber music degree she has concentrated mainly on playing chamber-music, both on modern and baroque cello. In 1986 she was a finalist in the First International Baroque-cello Competition held in Paris. Viola de Hoog is the cellist of the Schönberg String quartet, with which she recorded for Koch-Schwann, Olympia and Attacca. Playing period instruments Viola de Hoog is performing with the Ensemble Schönbrunn; This ensemble has played all over Europe, in the USA and far East (Indonesia) and recorded numerous CD's for Globe and Channel Classics.
Since 1985 up to 2001 she has been principal cellist of Jos van Immerseel's orchestra Anima Eterna. As principal cellist, playing the basso continuo, she has performed in opera productions with the "Radio Kamerorkest" and "Het Nederlands Kamerorkest" and with many outstanding groups like Tafelmusik (Toronto), The Baroque Orchestra of the Dutch Bach Society, Concerto Köln, Al Ayre Espagnole and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists. Also Viola de Hoog has been playing principal cello for the "Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique". Viola de Hoog teaches baroque cello and chamber music at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Utrecht Conservatory and the "Hochschule für Künste" in Bremen and regularly gives master classes in Israel, Canada and Spain.
Lorenzo Alpert - bassoon
Since 1991 he is the solobassoon player of the ensemble "Concerto Köln" and plays with them important international festivals and has recorded numerous records. He was a founding member of the ensemble Hesperion XX and is in demand as soloist and instrumentalist in all important European early music orchestras. He's invited regularly to give international courses Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Portugal and the USA.
Peter Frankenberg - oboe
Wilhelm Bruns - cornet
Since 1988 Wilhelm Bruns is solo horn player at the national theatre of Mannheim and there nature horns tutor at the academy „Mannheimer Schule". In October 2000 he followed the call as a lecturer to the conservatory in Frankfurt and founded in 2003 the "International nature horn academy" in Bad Dürkheim. Since 2007 he's lecturing at the Hochschule in Saarbrücken and as a regular guest lecturer at the conservatory „Hanns-Eisler" in Berlin.
Elisabeth Scholl - chant
studied musicology and English literature in Mainz and began voice training with Prof. Eduard Wollitz, later specializing in Early Music and performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, studying with Richard Levitt and René Jacobs.
Since then Elisabeth Scholl has performed as a soloist with many famous Early Music ensembles and conductors.
She was invited by international festivals such as the Tokyo Summer Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, Flanders Festival, Les jeudis d´été Festival in Colmar, Helsinki Festival, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Handel Festivals in Göttingen and Halle, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Festival Opera Barga, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lucerne Festival, Handel Festival in Karlsruhe and the BBC Proms.
Her opera performances include Vivaldi's Caio (Essen), Asprano (Barga, Düsseldorf , Mozart's Fiordiligi (Festwochen Herrenhausen, Hannover) and Countess (Essen, Festwochen Herrenhausen, Hannover), Clarice in Haydn´s Il mondo della luna (Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Innsbrucker Festwochen), Euridice in Haydn´s L´anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice (Schwetzingen, Wuppertal), Ceres in Joseph Martin Kraus' opera Proserpina (Wuppertal) and Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni (Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp/Ghent).
Elisabeth Scholl appears frequently in Lied recitals with Burkhard Schaeffer. Her first Lieder CD was released in 1999. A CD with opera scenes by Reinhard Keiser followed in May 2001. She enjoys editing vocal music from the baroque and pre-classical era, presenting them in concert as well as on CD. Her solo CD Inferno with world-premier recordings of dramatic cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti (accompanied by the Italian baroque orchestra Modo Antiquo and F. M. Sardelli) has come out in spring 2006 (cpo/SWR).
Christopher Woods - Clarinet, Chalumeaux
Having finished his Bachelor of Music (performance) degree at the Canberra School of Music, Christopher continued his studies in Vienna under Peter Schmidl in 1997 where he played with various ensembles including Klangforum Wien who performed the world premiere performance of Luciano Berio's opera "Cronaca del Luogo" at the Salzburger Festspiele. He then completed a degree with honours in Frankfurt - Germany, and started specialising in historical clarinets and chalumeaux, learning from Diego Montes and acquiring a post-graduate degree, also with honours. Christopher has also worked with various German based ensembles as a soloist and orchestral member, both historical and modern, including Ensemble Modern, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble with Thomas Hengelbrock and Concerto Köln which has brought him to many European concert halls and opera houses.
In February 2006 Christopher returned to Australia for a short period and worked both on period and modern instruments including a recording with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and concerts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He was also invited to play Mozart's clarinet concerto in Frankfurt - Germany on basset-clarinet in November 2006. Now back in Germany, Christopher is playing in various chamber ensembles in addition to his orchestral work and is still finding time to make his own reeds.