Born in 1983 in Rio de Janeiro, Inês d'Avena moved to The Netherlands in 2001 to specialize in Early Music at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, studying with Reine-Marie Verhagen, Sébastien Marq and also Peter van Heyghen. She concluded her studies in 2007, having obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees as well as a teaching diploma. Inês holds a PhD in Music from Leiden University, from where she graduated in 2015 with a thesis on the recorder in Baroque Naples.

Inês has performed as soloist and in chamber and orchestral formations throughout Europe and Brazil, with ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. In 2006, she co-founded baroque orchestra COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag, recording two CDs for the ORF label. In 2010, Inês was the winner of the II International Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli and the year after, her duo LOTUS with Claudio Ribeiro won the 2nd prize at the prestigious Premio Bonporti. In 2011 Inês created La Cicala, an ensemble dedicated to the research and performance of Neapolitan Baroque Music. She is also a reviewer for Early Music America Magazine and has had scholarly articles published at JAMIS, Music+Practice and Recercare. Since 2012, Inês is a Research Supervisor for the Master Program of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

Claudio Barduco Ribeiro was born in São Paulo in 1976. He has a Bachelor degree in conducting from the State University of Campinas where he also studied harpsichord with Edmundo Hora, and a second Bachelor and a Master degrees on Early Music from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, as student of harpsichordist Jacques Ogg. His musical formation was enriched by numerous masterclasses and courses in South America and Europe, studying a wide range of musical subjects: conducting, composition, piano, baroque violin, organ and harpsichord.

Claudio is founding member and director of COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag (The Netherlands) and Companhia de Música (Brazil), is a member of LOTUS, La Cicala, Giardino Musicale, Música Temprana and De Swaen, and collaborates with recorder duo Schifanoia. Claudio is regularly invited to give masterclasses in Brazil, is guest teacher and accompanist at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, works as guest conductor for baroque music and has been teaching in the most important Early Music festivals in Brazil.

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