Having first met whilst studying in Basel and performing with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the core members of the ensemble went on to win first prize and audience prize at the 2007 Brugge International Competition playing the music of Zelenka.
Each member has since established themselves at the forefront of the profession and individually they have been awarded accolades by both critics and the recording industry alike. Their debut recording of the Sonatas of Zelenka (released on LINN in 2012), was awarded a Pizzicato-Supersonic Award and was named BBC Music Magazine’s ‘Chamber Choice’ in November 2012. Future projects include a collaborations with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, recorder player Maurice Steger and the exploration of Handel and his wind players.
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Ensemble Marsyas perform regularly at the Wigmore Hall (in collaboration with BBC Radio 3) and have appeared at the Göttingen Handel Festival, the East Neuk and Lammermuir Festivals, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival and the Zelenka Festival in Prague.
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Principal bassoonist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008, Peter was described by the Philadelphia Enquirer as ‘an absolute master of fleet facility with a solidly plush tone of wondrous immediacy’. He is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has received glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe, including a Gramophone Award for his recording of Vivaldi bassoon concertos with La Serenissima in 2010.
As concerto soloist, Peter has performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious venues, among them the Musikverein (Vienna), Lingotto (Turin), and the great concert halls of London including St. John Smiths Square (Lufthansa Festival), and the Cadogan and Wigmore Halls. As chamber musician Peter has collaborated with the Belcea Quartet, London Winds, the Doric Quartet, and with Tori Amos on her album ‘Night of Hunters’ recorded for Deutsche Gramophone (2011). In 2011, Peter recorded Weber’s bassoon concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for the Linn label and in 2012 recorded the Mozart bassoon concerto with Arcangelo conducted by Jonathan Cohen.
Equally at home on modern and historical instruments, Peter has a diverse repertoire spanning over four centuries and has worked with many of Europe’s finest symphony orchestras and directors including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Sir Simon Rattle), the London Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the English Baroque Soloists (Sir John Eliot Gardiner), the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and Oper Zürich.
Peter has recently joined the teaching faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has given masterclasses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Josep Domenech Lafont
Josep Domenech had his formative training in his hometown of Amposta (Catalonia) later moving to Barcelona to continue his studies with Josep Julià at the Conservatori Superior de Barcelona. Josep is a graduate of the Musikakademie der Stadt Basel and also studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he completed his studies with Alfredo Bernardini.
Josep has performed extensively with many of the worlds greatest historical orchestras including Les Talens Lyrics, Bach Collegium Japan, Il Giardino Armonico, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Europa Galante, Orchestre Revolutionare et Romantique and the Concert des Nations.
In 2008 he was appointed principal oboe of Concerto Köln.
Josep has collaborated with many renowned musicians including, Masaki Suzuki, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Fabio Biondi, Giovani Antonini and Jordi Savall.
He teaches historical oboe at the “conservatori de Girona” and at the “Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional deToulouse” and regularly gives masterclasses and lectures in festivals and conservatories throughout Europe.
Molly Marsh read Music at Girton College, University of Cambridge, before gaining a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in 1999, where she studied baroque oboe with Sophia McKenna. After graduating with distinction in 2001 she moved to the Netherlands, continuing her studies of baroque and classical oboe with Alfredo Bernardini at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Molly now lives in Italy, where she is principal oboist with the Accademia Bizantina. She is also a regular member of the English Baroque Soloists and the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and has played with many more of Europe’s top period instrument ensembles, such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Ensemble Zefiro, Concerto Koln, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Les Talens Lyriques, Concerto Copenhagen and Europa Galante. She has taught on summer music courses in Spain and Italy and has given masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was elected as an Associate (ARAM) in 2011.
Recent solo performances include Bach’s concerto for oboe and violin with Stefano Montanari and the Accademia Bizantina, and concerti by Albinoni and Vivaldi with Enrico Onofri and the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla.
Granted, no bassoonist could have been more persuasive than the lithe, lush-toned Peter Whelan. Emerging from a puff of smoke in costume, quiff and shades, he made the instrument squeal and swoon – and all this from a noted baroque specialist.
Gorgeous renditions of Vivaldi's bassoon concertos
Marsyas offers magnetic support with strings and woodwind lithe yet solid
The ensemble, under the leadership of musical director Peter Whelan, display tight ensemble playing and manage to envelop the Royal Chapel with their energy and musicality.
Such overwhelmingly beautiful music that one can not help but to fall in love at first sight
The players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart
His music positively flourishes in the hands of the Ensemble Marsyas
The players are audibly intelligent, at once humorous and illuminating
Ensemble Marsyas impresses me with their nimble fingers but it's the group's nuance that's transfixing