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Fortuna

Fortuna

Fortuna are an early music ensemble that present a fresh approach to late medieval polyphony – brilliant voices, high-pitched instruments and vivacious tempi – creating the distinctive sound the ensemble achieved critical acclaim for, both in The Netherlands and around the world.



Fortuna are:

 Jacqueline Dubach

The artistic leader of Fortuna, Jacqueline, studied recorder at the Utrecht Conservatory, The Netherlands. Already during her studies at the conservatory she specialised in the performance and research of medieval music. To that end she took lessons and participated in workshops led by leading artists in the field, such as Pedro Memelsdorff (Mala Punica), Dr. Rebecca Stewart (Cappella Pratensis), and several teachers of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

 

Hilde van Ruymbeke

The Belgian soprano Hilde van Ruymbeke studied at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, The Netherlands, with Marius van Altena and Jill Feldman. Hilde specializes in performing early music, and is a member of the renowned ensembles Collegium Vocale Gent and Currende. Since 1995 she has been a member of the choir of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (the Dutch Bach Society).

Christopher Kale

Tenor Christopher Kale was born in Pennsylvania, USA. He earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees at Boston University. After winning a grant to study in Amsterdam with Max van Egmond, he has remained based in the Netherlands. Primarily active in Medieval and renaissance music, he performs with many of the respected groups in the field: Cappella Pratensis, Huelgas Ensemble, Capilla Flamenca, Fala Musica, The Boston Camerata, and the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

Elly van Munster 

Elly van Munster studied lute with Willem Mook and attended workshops with e.g. Nigel North, Jakob Lindberg, Toyohiko Satoh, Andrew-Lawrence King and Hopkinson Smith. In addition to performing as a soloist she accompanies singers and instrumentalists, and plays continuo in ensembles. Furthermore she works frequently as a coach at several conservatories in The Netherlands. Elly has participated in concerts with renowned Dutch ensembles such as "het Nederlands Kamerkoor", "de Nederlandse Bachvereniging" and "het Nederlands Blazers Ensemble".

Jonathan Talbott

Described as a "master of the art of baroque ornamentation" (Aachener Zeitung) and praised for his "passionate and virtuosic performance" (De Stentor) Jonathan Talbott made his solo violin debut at the age of 16 and now performs a repertoire that spans more than 800 years. He is known for his performances on renaissance and early baroque violins, rebec and medieval fiddle, and can be heard on recordings by Il Concerto Barocco, Ensemble Braccio, The Boston Camerata, Super Librum and Currende.


For further information - www.ensemble-fortuna.nl