An international group of musicians who met in Berlin and fell in love with the music of the city.
Tim Willis was born in regional New South Wales. With a background largely rooted in folk music, he was firstintroduced to the sonorities of gut strings as a teenager by his grandparents. Subsequently, this led him to experiment with historically informed performance. From 2010 he briefly studied baroque violin under prof. Marina Robinson at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and at the same time began to work with some of the country’s period instrument ensembles including The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera and Orchestra of the Antipodes. Since relocating to Germany in 2015, he has played with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Collegium 1704, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, and Elbipolis Barockorchester, among others. Tim is regularly hired as a professional music typesetter and editor. His editions have been used in numerous CD recordings and concert performances by soloists and ensembles across Europe. Tim also has a special interest in music for viola d'amore,and concertises regularly on that instrument.
Born in Perth, Australia, Adam Masters completed a Bachelor in medicine and worked as a doctor before undertaking a Bachelor's degree in baroque oboe at the University of Melbourne. Adam gained numerous years of experience as principal oboe with baroque orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand, and received teaching positions in baroque oboe at the University of Melbourne and Sydney Conservatorium. Adam completed a Masters degree in Baroque oboe at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with Xenia Löffler, and since arriving in Germany has playedwith numerous baroque orchestras throughout Europe, including Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Collegium 1704, Elbipolis Barockorchester, Vox Luminis, Arte dei Suonatori, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Capella Vitalis, Conerto Bremen, La Festa Musicale and Berlin Baroque among others.
Flautist Joseph Monticello’s playing has been praised by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal as “graceful" and for being as “exciting as the singers.” Equally at home on both modern and historical flutes, Joseph spends most of his year as second flutist of the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony orchestras, making his home in Miami. Joseph remains active in the historical performance world, performing with Philharmonia Baroque, Boston Baroque, New York Baroque Incorporated, and as the principal flute of the newly formed Teatro Nuovo festival orchestra, specializing in the historically informed presentation of Bel Canto operatic masterworks on period-appropriate instruments. Having received his Masters in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, Joseph has performed and toured worldwide with many of the leading conductors and ensembles of the early music movement, including: Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, Jordi Savall, Harry Bickett, Richard Egarr, and William Christie, having twice participated in the Les Arts Florissants summer festival “Dans les Jardins de William Christie” in Thire, France. Prior to his studies at Juilliard, Joseph received his Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory under Michel Debost and later, Alexa Still. It was there he first took up the baroque flute under Kathie Stewart, prior to studying with Sandra Miller at Juilliard.
Alexander Nicholls is an Australian historically-inspired cellist, specialising in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cello performance practices. Passionate about performance and current developments in research, Alexander has striven to keep these worlds together. His performance style is distinct and fresh, and has resulted in various awards, scholarships, and prizes. Alexander has worked and studied with some of the greatest musicians of the historically-informed movement, among them: Jordi Savall, William Christie, Massaki Suzuki, Paul Dyer and Richard Egarr, and baroque cello with Daniel Yeadon and Phoebe Carrai. Gaining momentum from these experiences, Alexander has performed in concerts across the globe, touring Europe, USA and Australia, as a soloist, ensemble, and orchestral member. In the past two years living in Berlin, Alexander has been involved with many recording projects and tours across Europe culminating in the formation of the Berlin Friday Academy. Alexander holds a Master’s degree in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, New York, and an undergraduate degree—Bachelor of Music Performance (University of Western Australia) with First Class Honours (University of Sydney). When not engaged in his performance activities, Alexander dedicates his time to research into Friednrich Wilhelm II – the cellist king, musical punctuation and to publishing eighteenth-century music via his music publishing company—Galant Publishing, in Berlin, Germany.
Harpsichordist Daniel Trumbull’s passion is to create concert-projects that combine music with other art forms, leading audiences to a newfound appreciation for both. As harpsichordist with “Red Bull Flying Bach,” a performance combining break dance and Bach’s Wohltemperiertes Clavier, he performed in the USA, Canada, Australia, and in major concert halls across Europe. Daniel was awarded a Concerto 21 scholarship to support this novel approach to musical storytelling. He has performed solo recitals at Radialsystem V in Berlin, Handel House London, at Köthener Bachfesttage and other German festivals. A member of renowned German baroque orchestra Lautten Compagney Berlin, he frequently appears in concerts countrywide. His ensemble Tr!Jo has recently been awarded prizes at the Biagio Marini Competition and Berliner Bachwettbewerb. Apart from playing thouroughbass, Daniel has frequently had the opportunity to direct several projects, including a world premiere of the operaFigure de la Terreby Miika Hyytiäinen, Le Carnaval de Veniseby André Campra, and the theatrical production Dolcissima Speranza featuring music by Schütz and Monteverdi. He has also been musical director of the production Odysseus for children by Lautten Compagney and Taschenoper Lübeck, and as musical assistant for several opera productions at Händelfestspiele Halle. In 2015, Daniel won 1st prize at the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition in London. Daniel studied harpsichord with Prof. Mitzi Meyerson in Berlin and is currently enrolled at the CNSMD de Lyon in the class of Jean-Marc Aymes.