Johannes Kofler

Instrument: Violoncello

Country of Birth: Italy, South Tyrol

Residence: Basel

Profession: Freelance Cellist (modern and baroque) and conductor

Orchestral experience: “Bach Consort Wien”,”Trio sfz”, “Armonia gioiosa”, “La tibicina” and others

Studies:  Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with specialisation in pedagogy and ensemble leading (Gottfried Kitzmüller, Wolfgang Aichinger), Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Baroque Cello – Christophe Coin, Petr Skalka)

What is Desiderio for you?

Desiderio is for me the desire to connect as a group with our passion for music and transmit it to our public.

What do you like about your instrument?

The cello is an instrument full of contrasts: powerful and sensitive, low and high registers. It’s also quite nice to sit while all the others have to stand.

Which composer would you like to go for a coffee with?

Maybe it seems a bit clichéd, but I would love to drink a coffee with Beethoven. His music is full of effects and has both a big rational and emotional depth. I would love to get to know the private person behind this extraordinary composer.

The craziest place where you practiced?

The waiting area of a train station in a little village in South Tirol. I had to wait a long time for the connection and enjoyed very much the beautiful acoustics in the empty hall.

A person that inspires you.

I am inspired by people who manage to be self – critical and always continue to grow, while still having some patience.

 

Juan Carlos Rivas Perretta

Instrument: Oboe

Country of Birth: Spain

Residence: Hof

Profession: Principal Oboe Hofer Symphoniker

Orchestral experience: Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Spira Mirabilis, Ensemble Resonanz, Sinfonieorchester Göttingen; Premio Primer Palau with the “Aëris Trio” in Barcelona

Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg (Stefan Schilli), Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Aragón (Francisco Gil Ferrer, Lucas Macías Navarro, José Antonio Masmano)

What is Desiderio for you?

Desiderio is a chance to play great music with musicians and friends. It´s also a chance to experiment and create something beautiful!

What do you like about your instrument?

The oboe is an instrument that can sing like no other in the orchestra, and I love it. I love being able to bring a nice melody to the public and feel the connection between us. The oboe is also a very flexible instrument which allows me to experiment and look challenges all the time.

Which composer would you like to go for a coffee with?

Difficult question!! A boring answer… but I think Mozart would be the best option!! One conversation with him would answer so many questions!

The craziest place where you practiced?

In the airport or in a train! Both were interesting places to play loud!

A person that inspires you?

Steve Jobs!

 

Agnes Mayr

Instrument: Flute

Country of Birth: Italy, South Tirol

Residence: Augsburg

Current Job: Freelance musician (Flute, Piccolo, Baroque Flute) and teacher

Orchestral experience: Münchner Philharmoniker, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Musicaeterna St. Petersburg, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest, Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg

Studies: Hochschule für Künste Bremen (Marten Root), Mozarteum Salzburg (Michael Kofler), Conservatoire de Paris (Sophie Cherrier), Conservatorio Bolzano (Riccardo Lippi, Giulio G. Viscardi)

What is Desiderio for you?

It is a project dear to my heart that allows me to play with friends and great musicians whilst creating a strong connection with my homeland.

What do you like about your instrument?

I love the rich colours that one can create and sing with, and the way they can touch people’s souls.

Which composer would you like to go for a coffee with?

With Clara Schumann. How could she manage to have 8 children, hold an active career as a pianist, compose and being the wife of Robert Schumann??

The craziest place where you practiced?

…might be a painter’s studio… but I didn’t practice for long because of the intense smell of the colors.

A person that inspires you?

Lady Gaga. She is so powerful and at the same time so vulnerable. Also, I admire her social work and her sense of responsibility as an artist.

 

David Fliri

Instrument: Horn

Country of Birth: Italy, South Tirol

Residence: Salzburg

Current Job: Freelance musician and teacher

Orchestral experience: Staatskapelle Weimar, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Camerata Salzburg, Oenm –  Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik

Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg (Hansjörg Angerer), Hochschule Franz Liszt Weimar (Jörg Brückner)

What is Desiderio for you?

The Ensemble Desiderio is my musical home.

What do you like about your instrument?

I like the incredible sound, the rich history and tradition behind it and the repertoire diversity.

Which composer would you like to drink a coffee with?

Johann Sebastian Bach.

The craziest place where you practiced?

On a mountain about 2.000 meters high.

A person that inspires you?

That changes regularly, but at the moment Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

 

Aljaž Beguš

Instrument: Clarinet

Country of Birth: Slovenia

Residence: Ljubljana

Current job: Bass clarinet player with the Slovenska Filharmonija

Orchestral experience: English National Opera, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Spira Mirabilis, Orchestra Mozart, European Union Youth Orchestra, Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester

Studies: Musik Akademie Ljubljana (Joze Kotar), Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid (Michel Arrignon)

What is Desiderio for you?

Musical holidays with my friends… an escape from everyday routine and living a care free life.

What do you like about your instrument?

About the clarinet I like the warmth of the sound mostly. Also, its flexibility and the fact that it is easy to take wherever I go.

Which composer would you like to go for a coffee with?

Definitely with Mozart! I imagine we would mostly joke and be naughty!

The craziest place where you practiced?

…it is not so crazy…probably bathroom…or in the forest…which I sometimes do in the summer…

A person that inspires you?
Recently I have been inspired by Dean Martin: his coolness on stage, great sense of humor and being spontaneous.

 

Jonathan Ponet

Instrument: Viola

Country of Birth: Belgium

Residence: Salzburg

Profession: Freelance musician (modern and baroque Viola, baroque Violin and Viola d’amore)

Orchestral experience: Bach Akademie Alden Biesen, YES Camerata (Young European Strings), Balthasar Neumann Ensemble et. Al.

Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg (Thomas Riebl und Hiro Kurosaki)

What is Desiderio for you?

To perform music with fellow open-minded musicians in a purposeful way.

What do you like about your instrument?

I like its warm and charming sound, it is the connection between the different voices of an Ensemble.

Which composer would you like to go for a coffee with?

Franz Schubert.

The craziest place where you practiced?

Bathroom.

A person that inspires you?

Quincy Jones.

 

Erik Košak

Instrument: Horn

Country of Birth: Slovenia

Residence: Ljubljana

Profession: Hornist with the orchestra of Ljubljana State Opera, Horn Teacher at the Music Conservatory of Ljubljana

Orchestral experience: Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra matutina, Ensemble 1781, Orchestra of the Radio Ljubljana, Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Orchestra Academy)

Studies: Mozarteum Salzburg (Hansjörg Angerer), Academy of Music Ljubljana – ERASMUS (Bostjan Lipovsek)

What is Desiderio for you?

A musical pleasure.

What do you like about your instrument?

I like the sound. The horn has a very warm, round and soft sound which melts very well with other instruments. A Horn Ensemble has a very broad sound palette an a very wide range. That’s why a great Listening experience is guaranteed! 😉

Which composer would you like to go for a coffee with?

Richard Strauss. He had a very special relationship to the horn. His father, Franz Strauss, was a very good horn player, that’s why Richard knew the instrument very well and knew exactly what and how to write for the horn and horn players.

I also would love to meet Mozart. His music is so simple and so difficult at the same time. Simply genius.

The craziest place where you practised?

In summer 2014 in Taizé in a field among cows. Very grateful audience!

A person that inspires you?

Anybody who does a job with passion and pursues making other people happy. They seem to come up again and again.

Miriam Kofler

Instrument: Bassoon

Country of Birth: Italy, South Tirol

Residence: Berlin

Current Job: Principal Bassoon with the Rundfunk – Sinfonieorchester Berlin RSB

Orchestral experience: Berliner Philharmoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Bamberger Symphoniker, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Musicaeterna St. Petersburg, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg

Studies: Musik Akademie Basel (Sergio Azzolini), Mozarteum Salzburg (Marco Posthingel), Conservatorio Bolzano (Claudio Alberti)

What is Desiderio for you?

Desiderio is freedom and inspiration, it’s dedication to music.

What do you like about your instrument?

I love in particular the colorful and warm sound and the chance to play both as part of the bass line and as a solo instrument.

Which composer would you like to go for a coffee with?

Mozart!

The craziest place where you practiced?

Once I had a concert in a salt mine and in a subterranean wine cellar. But practiced… not really.

A person that inspires you?

Sergio.