Emma Black - Oboe
Australian born Emma Black is the principal oboist with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble (Thomas Hengelbrock) and principal and soloist with the Wiener Akademie (Vienna) and Le Concert de la Loge (Paris). With all of these orchestras she has performed in all the major European festivals and can be heard in numerous CD and radio recordings.
Emma also plays and records regularly with Musica Aeterna (Teodor Currentzis), the Nederlands Bach Vereinigung, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, the Wiener Kammerorchester, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ensemble Prisma, Bach Consort Wien, Les Talens Lyriques, and The Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO).
As a soloist, she performs regularly with the Wiener Akademie (most recently performing Mozart and Haydn oboe concertos in the Vienna Musikverein ). Emma has also performed often with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, ARCO, and the Bach Consort Wien.
Over the past 15 years Emma has pursued a strong interest in early music and study of the historical oboe. This interest had its genesis following her move to Zurich in 1993 where she began playing with the Orchester der Opernhaus Zurich with conductors such as Nicholas Harnoncourt, Nello Santi and Franz Weiser-Möst. It was here she had her first experiences with historical instruments in the opera house orchestra La Scintilla. This led to a decision to study historical oboe and performance practice at the Scuola Cantorum, Basel. She subsequently became an active member of the Zurich Bläser Quintett recording several CDs with this group and making regular radio recordings and performances in leading European festivals.
Between the years 2005-2009, Emma was the principal oboist of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, at the time under the artistic direction of Sergio Azzolini and then Andrea Marcon.
Emma’s musical studies commenced at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne before relocating to Europe where she studied with Heinz Holliger the Musik Hochschule Freiburg and Maurice Bourgue at the Conservatoire de Geneve.
She is currently professor for oboe at the Kunstuniversität Graz.
Sophie Gent - Violin
Sophie Gent was born in Perth, Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor’s degree she pursued further studies at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague with Ryo Terakado, completing her Master’s degree with distinction in 2005. In 2002 she was awarded first prize in two chamber music competitions: the International Van Wassenaer Competition (The Netherlands) and the International Premio Bonporti Concours (Italy), with the ensemble Opera Quarta. Their first recording, of trio sonatas by Jean-Marie Leclair, was awarded a Diapason d’Or in July 2007.
Sophie is active as a soloist and chamber musician, performing and recording frequently as concertmaster with the Ricercar Consort, Il Gardellino, Capriccio Stravagante, Les Muffatti, Ensemble Masques and also as a member of the period instrument string quartet Mito dell’Arco, based in Japan. She was appointed Professor of Baroque violin at the Amsterdam Conservatorium in 2011 and regularly coaches chamber music at the Early Music Department Conservatorium in Antwerp. Recent recordings include Harp Consorts by William Lawes and Concerti Grossi by Johann Christoph Pez with Les Muffatti.
David Greco - Baritone
International Australian born baritone, David Greco has worked on the cutting edge of the early music movement in Europe, performing regularly with The Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman. He has sung throughout the world’s finest concert halls, from the Théâtre des Champs Elysées to Vienna Konzerthaus, and appeared as a soloist in the world’s most exciting festivals such as Festival Aix-en Provence/Gluck’s Alcêste under Ivor Bolton and Glyndebourne Festival Opera/Purcell’s The Fairy Queen under Lawrence Cummings.
David has worked as a bass Lay Clark in Westminster Abbey Choir, and in 2014 was appointed a position with the Sistine Chapel Choir in the Vatican, Rome.
2016 saw David’s debut as a principle artist with Opera Australia in The Love of Three Oranges and The Eighth Wonder, and also the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Missa Brevis. He performed the role of Wagner in Gounod’s Faust in a co-production with Lyric Opera Chicago and the Macau International Music Festival
In 2017 David appeared as a soloist for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s tour of Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion and Messiah with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the role of Seneca in Monteverdi’s L’incoranazione di Poppea for Pinchgut Opera. David also made his role debut in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Melbourne last year, under Erin Helyard.
Recently he made his soloist debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Bach’s great cantata for solo baritone Ich habe Genug. 2018 included engagements with Pinchgut Opera/Handel’s Athalia, a program with the Australian Haydn Ensemble featuring the orchestrated songs of Schubert, and concerts with Latitude 37.
David has an impressive catalogue of solo recordings spread across a variety of recording labels, including the recently released ‘Poems of Love & War’, featuring arias by New Zealand composer Jack Body on the Naxos Label.
2018 also saw the release of David’s solo debut recording with ABC Classics label of Schubert’s Winterreise with fortepianist Erin Helyard.