Stephen comes from Stoke-on-Trent in the United Kingdom. He read music at Selwyn College, Cambridge where he pursued an active musical life as a member of the University Instrumental Awards Scheme. Upon graduating in 2005 he went to study modern violin with the late Howard Davis and baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen as a postgraduate performance and research student at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Since completing his studies at the Academy, Stephen has played with a number of groups including the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Ex Cathedra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He was selected as a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2008 and has toured with them extensively. Most recently Stephen was awarded a place on the apprenticeship scheme of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

 

 

 

Rani Orenstein is a harpsichordist and pianist, active both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Rani completed his undergraduate degree with distinction at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance where he studied piano with Professor Benjamin Oren, and harpsichord with Dr. David Shemer. He completed his Master degree with distinction in the Historical Performance Department at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied harpsichord and fortepiano with Carole Cerasi and clavichord and continuo with Terence Charlston.

Ran continued studying for a specialized master degree at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he studied fortepiano with Edoardo Torbianelli, harpsichord with Jörg-Andreas Bötticher and continuo with Jesper Christensen.

During the years he has won many scholarships and prizes, among them scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Carlton House Charitable Trust Award, the Daniel Howard Award and many others. Rani participated in many courses and masterclasses with renowned artists such as Murray Perahia, Pnina Zaltzman, Claude Frank, Kenneth Gilbert, Andreas Staier, Alexei Lubimov and others. His playing has been recorded by the Israeli "Voice of Music" radio station and the BBC.

 

 

Kathleen Ross was born and brought up in Dundee, Scotland. She studied modern cello with Rudi de Groote, and baroque cello with Alison McGillivray, both at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Realising that period performance was of great interest to her, she decided to pursue this at post-graduate level, which led to her completing her Master's degree in Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. There, she studied with Jennifer Ward-Clarke, and took up Viola da Gamba with Richard Campbell. 

 During her time at the Royal Academy, Kathleen participated in masterclasses with Jaap ter Linden and Daniel Bruggen, and worked with directors such as Rachel Podger and John-Eliot Gardiner. Upon graduation, she received the Bickerdike Allen Prize for Early Music. 

 

Kathleen now works as a freelance cellist  performing with a diverse range of ensembles, recently, The Wallfisch Band, Scottish Ballet, and, for a Bollywood film launch, touring to India. She is a cello tutor for The Bridge Project, a London-based charity which provides music lessons for primary-school pupils from disadvantaged areas.

 


 

Ayelet Karni is active both as recorders and baroque oboe player, as a soloist and in various ensembles. Finished in excellence her Bachelor degree at the Jerusalem Academy of Music, with the guidance of Lara Morris, nowdays she studies for a Master in music at the "Schola Cantorum Basiliensis", Switzerland, with the guidance of Corina Marti (Recorders), and Katharina Arfken (Baroque Oboe). Ayelet also attended a program of studies in Leipzig, Germany, at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Felix Mendelssohn Bartoldy", with the guidance of Antje Hensel and Annette Spehr. 

 

Ayelet Performed as a soloist with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Academy's orchestra; she has performed in many recitals and concerts, throughout Switzerland, France, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, U.S.A, and Israel, and in many festivals, among them are the London Handel Festival 2011, Brighton Early Music Festival 2011, and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival. She recorded concerts to the BBC (together with the ensemble 'Les Melomanes'), and "Kol Hamusica" radio stations. Ayelet plays with orchestras such as "Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra" under the conducting of Christophe Rousset, and in various ensembles. She has founded the ensemble "Musica Mundana", which specializes in historical informed performance of music from the 16th, 17th, and 18th century. 

 

Ayelet has been winning many prizes and scholarships. Among them are The Swiss Government Scholarship (2011/2012), The Jerusalem Academy President's Prize (2007/8); scholarships of the America-Israel Culture Fund Scholarship since 2002, first prize of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra's Competition (2003); first prize of the concerto competition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music (2008), and the Chais family's scholarship for excellent musicians (2008). 

 

Ayelet participated in the master-classes given by well-known artists; among them are Han Tol (Holland), Michael Schneider (Germany), Alfredo Bernardini (Italy- Holland), Paolo Grazzi (Italy), Philip Thorby (UK), Mathias Maute (Canada), and others. She took part in early music workshops in Jerusalem, Graz, and in Freiburg.