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The Ensemble

The Ensemble

The ensemble members met during their studies in Basel at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. They share great passion to perform this kind of music, which is dated far back into the Middle Ages and at the same time when played nowadays is very innovative and has a fresh feel to it, as if it is being created on the spot.

Ayelet Karni
Recorders / Pipe & Tabor / Shawm / Musical direction

Ayelet Karni is a varied musician, and is an active performer on recorders, historical oboes and shawms both as a soloist and in various ensembles. She received her bachelor with distinction from the Jerusalem Academy of Music. At the “Schola Cantorum Basiliensis” in Switzerland, she completed two Master Studies cum laude: her first Master's degree in Recorders included a unique Master Thesis about music in Hebrew from the Middle Ages. Her second Master's degree was in Historical Oboes and Music Pedagogy. In addition Ayelet studied Shawm and attended a program of studies in Leipzig, Germany, at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Felix Mendelssohn Bartoldy”.

Ayelet Performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Capriccio Barockorchester and the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. She has performed extensively in many recitals and concerts across Europe, in the U.S.A, and in Israel, and in many festivals, among them the Bergen International Festival and London Handel Festival. She recorded concerts for Radio France, the BBC, Swiss Radio and Television, and “Kol Hamusica” radio stations. Ayelet plays with orchestras such as Le Parlement de Musique, Arte Dei Suonatori and Barrocade. She frequently performs in orchestras under famous conductors, such as Andrew Parrott, Christophe Rousset, Christophe Coin and Martin Gester.

She wrote her Master’s Thesis on “The Hebrew Song in Mediaeval Europe”. Her historical search for Hebrew music from the Middle Ages is the result of the wish to bring Hebrew music to large audiences. Her project ‘Mizmor LeDavid- Early Hebrew Music’ combines research, lectures and musical performances.

Csongor Szántó

Csongor Szántó, of Hungarian origin, began his musical career as a member and soloist of the Vienna Boys Choir. Besides singing he started playing the Piano at an early age. After school he studied Composition with Herbert Lauermann and Vocal Pedagogy with Peter Thunhart at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, and received his Master in Baroque Vocal Performance with Rosa Domìnguez at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. There he also studied the Master in Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies (Evelyn Tubb, Anthony Rooley), and a Master in Medieval Music with Kathleen Dineen.

In 2013 he was Répétiteur at Salzburger Festspiele for the Philharmonia Chor Wien. He attended master classes with Jill Feldman, Andreas Scholl, Emma Kirkby, and Szylvia Geszti, and got major impulses from Magreet Honig. With the ensemble Domus Artis, specialized in Renaissance music, he took part at a master class directed by Dominique Visse at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.

Csongor currently sings with LaCetra, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Basler Madrigalisten, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Ordo virtutum, and performs internationally as an ensemble singer in countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Italy, France and Brazil. As soloist he performed a special Lied program about the 1st World War in Oxford, New York, and Vienna, and recorded the program for Gramola with pianist and musicologist Dr. Karin Wagner.

Ivo Haun

Ivo Haun, born in Clamart (France) in 1985, grew up in Brazil. There he started studying music professionally with the Classical Guitar in 2003 and 4 years later began his Voice Studies. In 2010, after two years as a member of the OSESP Choir (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra), he moved to Basel (Switzerland).

In 2015 he finished his Master's degree at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the guidance of Gerd Türk, complementing this thereafter with instruction from Richard Levitt.

His main areas of interest are the virtuosic singing style of the Renaissance and Early Baroque periods, the practice of improvisation (including improvised counterpoint), historical acting techniques, rhetoric and its application to musical performance, the historical pronunciation of European languages and Latin, historic tuning systems, and the use of original notation in music ranging from the 14th to the 17th century. More recently, he started exploring the Renaissance lute.

Whenever he needs a break from the highly intricate musical sources, Ivo looks for peace in the woods or on the top of a mountain, away from other humans and from any kind of technological device.

Ivo regularly sings with ensembles like La Cetra Vokalensemble und Barockorchester (Andrea Marcon), La Morra (Corina Marti und Michal Gondko), Thélème (Jean-Christophe Groffe), Amsterdam Baroque Choir (Ton Koopman), Musica Fiorita (Daniela Dolci) and Basler Madrigalisten (Raphael Immoos).

Claire Piganiol
Harp / Recorders / Organetto

Claire Piganiol studied recorder and modern harp near Paris (France), where she also discovered historical harps during a course. Her fascination for these nowadays seldom-played instruments led her to musical studies in Milano, Toulouse and Basel, where she obtained a Master in early harps in 2012.

A Master in instruments from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance directed by Kees Boeke at the Musikhochschule Trossingen allowed her to specialize in these repertoires. In addition, academic studies in history and in musicology (Maîtrise in Université Paris-Sorbonne, France) gave her the opportunity to start research work on the iconography, organology and playing techniques of her instruments.

Claire plays in several ensembles in France and abroad, namely ensembles Tetraktys, Gilles Binchois, Le Miroir de Musique, Leones, Kesselberg, Orfeo 55… She has performed at various venues, such as festivals Oude Muziek Utrecht, Laus Polyphoniae Antwerpen, Wunderkammer Trieste, Festival de Davos, Festtage Basel, Musiksommer am Zürichsee; the Opera of Lille, Luzerner Theater, Stadschouwburg Amsterdam; the castle of Versailles, Museum of the Middle Ages in Paris and the Einsiedeln monastery.

Wishing to make early instruments and repertoires more easily available to present-day audiences and musicians, amateurs and professionals alike, she regularly teaches courses and workshops. She teaches historical harps and early music theory at the Conservatoire de Besançon, France and is a faculty member of the International Course on Medieval Music Performance in Besalú, Spain, and of the Settimana musicale del Trecento in Arezzo, Italy.

Oded Geizhals

Oded Geizhals is a multi-disciplinary musician who specializes in contemporary classical music. He has played concerts in Israel, Europe, North and South America and the Far East. Oded is active in the new music scene and has performed many premieres, including works written for him. Member of the Israel contemporary players.

He has played with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Neues Orchester Basel, Collegium Musicum Basel, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion, The Israeli Camerata Jerusalem and The Kibbutz-Netanya Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with early music ensembles such as Profeti della Quinta, Barrocade, Phoenix and Mizmor LeDavid.

He has performed in theater productions of “Billy Schwartz” (Haifa Theater), “Gorodish” (Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv), "My Fair Lady" (Habima National Theater) and in the children's play "Blue Tune with Curls" and "If I Suddenly Meet a Lion". In popular music he played and recorded with Eran Zur, Yehonatan Geffen, Keren Peles and was a guest at “The Voice” TV program.

Oded won first prize at the 2013 Competition for Performing Contemporary Music at Tel Aviv University and also received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship (2010-2015) and the Siday Fellowship for Musical Creativity, through the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music (2017).

Oded holds a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from the Academy of Music in Basel, Switzerland. He received a bachelor's degree from the Tel Aviv University. His main teachers were Genia Maistrovsky, Tomer Yariv, Alon Bor, Matthias Würsch and Christian Dierstein.