The Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043, also known as the Doppelkonzert für zwei Violinen, is one of the most famous works by Johann Sebastian Bach and considered among the best examples of the work of the late Baroque period.
These arias count among the few works composed by Händel for performance in his native tongue, German. We came together as musicians for the first time around this wonderful music. Since we had all performed together in different groupings and ensembles it seemed a natural evolution to find something that could bring us all together. While several movements are originally scored for oboe or flute, the violin and voice have a unique interchange that makes pairing them full of delightful possibilities. We are hoping to perform the work again and again while exploring other possible repertoire that can continue to inspire us for future projects.
Originally from Spain, Isabel Cañada, began to study voice and piano at a very young age. Her love of Opera would flourish during her formative years, leading her to pursue a degree in voice at the Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid. Isabel completed her studies in 2014, but had begun performing as a soprano soloist long before this — by the age of 24 she had already graced the stages of the Kontzerthaus Berlin and the Berliner Philharmonie, in addition to winning a place in the Ciclo de Jóvenes Cantantes 2015 by AAOM. As a professional soprano opera singer, Isabel has taken part in many productions, including Humperdinck’s Hänsel & Gretel, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore and Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, to name but a few. She has also performed in theaters all around the world like the Teatro Real in Madrid, Dubai Opera, Abu Dhabi National Theater, Tianjin Grand Theater and Yangzhou Concert Hall, among others. Isabel has been performing in her own production, Echoes of Spain since 2016 as well as singing and appearing at the Dubai Expo 2020 commercial, the film of Barry Purves Plume and TV shows like El Hormiguero. www.isabelcanadaluna.com
Already in her childhood it was very clear to Mariam Buzhgulashvili to become a professional violinist. Her passion for music revealed itself when she first attended a concert by the local orchestra where she listened to Beethoven violin concerto. She initiated her education at Tbilisi musical gymnasium at age of 9, and by the end of her first year, she was invited to perform with Tbilisi symphony orchestra her first solo concert. Soon after that she was invited to join the Music academy of Ingolstadt in Germany. During her academic course, she became a prize winner at “European Union Music Competition for Youth” and a finalist of Georgian National Music Competition. After graduating Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Mariam has developed her studies further, to Germany and Poland, where she was a grant winner to study at I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music. Here she had several solo performances and participated in many orchestra collaborations. After being accepted at Conservatorium Maastricht, Netherlands, Mariam won a position at the orchestra Philharmonie Zuidnederland, and also became actively engaged with solo and string quartet performances thorough Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. She performed together with conductors such as Roberto Benzi and violinist Boris Belkin. During this period, Mariam had the opportunity to improve her knowledge with world famous soloists Sergey Kravchenko, Marina Iashvili, Lisa Batiashvili.In 2015, Mariam moved to UAE, where she has been an active violin pedagogue in the community, teaching in many different institutes and international schools. Sharing her first teacher philosophy, Mariam believes that to fully master the violin, one must explore the secret paths that link aesthetics and technique, content and form, matter and spirit. With her passionate personality she inspires and motivates her students to overcome their difficulties with love for music.
Crosby DeLaney Barrett is a violinist and violist from Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Barrett holds a Masters Degree in Violin Performance from Baylor University where she was awarded a full scholarship and assistantship position in 2010. A violin student of Dr. Bruce Berg and Dr. Eka Gogichasvili, she studied viola with American violist and pedagogue Kathryn Steely and period performance on violin and viola with Dr. Jann Cosart. Mrs. Barrett was a member of the Baylor Graduate String Quartet 2010-2012, performed as a principle and soloist (both on violin and viola) in the Baylor Early Music Ensemble 2008-2012. During her studies, she performed as concertmaster both of Baylor Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra for a concert tour of Baylor’s esteemed choral group, Acapella Choir, under the direction of Dr. Alan Raines. In addition, Mrs. Barrett was a section violinist for the Waco, Temple and San Angelo Symphonie while in Texas.
Highlights of concert experiences include performances with Joshua Bell, Itzak Perlman, Alessio Bax and as the violin soloist in the Faure Requiem with the Baylor Chamber Singers. She has performed in concerts around the world, most notably in Prague, Krakow, Antwerp and Munich. Since moving to Dubai in 2012 she has performed with the NSO Symphony Orchestra, Dubai Singers, Dubai Chamber Orchestra, Emirates Community Symphonic Orchestra, and Emirates Opera Project, as well as for the NYU Chamber Music Series and various chamber music ensembles and concerts during her time as curator of the Centre for Musical Arts chamber series,
Thursday Night Classics. Mrs. Barrett teaches a private studio of almost 40 pupils and has started a pedagogical youtube channel called Violin Vitamins for helping families learn to practice together at home. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, she is a passionate advocate of the power of arts in education and looks forward to continuing to build the community of the arts in the UAE.
Welsh cellist Angharad Maxwell completed her Master of Arts degree in cello performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2014, a student of Kathryn Price. Angharad grew up in Cardiff, an active performer and teacher there for many years. During her studies at the RWCMD, Angharad performed regularly as principal cello of the college orchestras working under established conductors such as Carlo Rizzi and Charles Mackerras. She was fortunate to participate in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales’ side by side project, performing under the batons of Sian Edwards and Karl Jenkins. Angharad’s was involved in opera as well, performing in a variety of productions including The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Carmen and The Rape of Lucretia. Masterclass experiences included esteemed cellists such as Guy Johnston, Paul Watkins, Leonid Gorokhov and Matthew Sharpe. Since 2008, Angharad attended the ‘Curso Internacional de Musica Matisse’ Summer Course Madrid, and in 2011 she received a scholarship prize as the most promising string player. As a chamber musician, Angharad has performed at the BAFTA Cymru Awards ceremony in London, as well as for Government events with Organisations like the BIC (British Irish Council) and The Welsh Assembly. Angharad was a memeber of Salieri Quartet, the ensemble in residence at the South West Music School where they performed Mozart’s Serenata Notturna. She participated in the Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition and was awarded the Gabb & Co. Chamber Music Prize. She was also very fortunate to perform for workshops with the Brodsky Quartet, Gould Trio, Smith Quaret, James Boyd and Richard Ireland.
Born and brought up in Dallas Texas, pianist Madison Da Silva has been a music-lover since she was old enough to pull herself up on her grandmother's upright piano to touch the keys. She began her musical training at the age of 6, studying with Suzuki teacher-trainer and pedagogue, Anne Bowman for many years. During these studies she received numerous medals in music theory and performed annually in sonatina, jazz, American and sacred music festivals in the Dallas metroplex, and in the National Piano Guild. Other teachers and mentors include Libby Armour of Talent Education Conservatory, Polly Beaver and Eric Larson (North Carolina School of the Arts), Olegna Fuschi (Juilliard) and her final years of study were with composer, psychologist, and concert pianist, Dr. Heather Schmidt. Madison is an expressive performer, often praised by jurors and listeners for her sensitivity and the deep tone she pulls from the instrument. Her recital repertoire has included both sonatas and concertos by Mozart, Bach's Prelude and Fugue studies, Rachmaninoff Preludes, Brahms and Schubert as well as a variety of Jazz and Modern works. She loves chamber music and has recently started to pursue new repertoire in that genre.
Since moving to Dubai in 2013, Madison has devoted her skills as a musician to teaching. She is a piano specialist with the Centre for Musical Arts and works with extensively in their partner school, Kings’ School Dubai. She has performed in their concert series Thursday Night Classics alongside owner, Tala Badri and her sister Crosby Barrett and in various chamber music evenings around the city.