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The Capella Augustina, resident orchestra of the Brühl Palace Concerts, was founded by Andreas Spering in 1996. Concertmaster Chouchane Siranossian leads this remarkable gathering of specialized musicians who are internationally distinguished in the area of historical performance practice. Applying the correct musical style and using appropriate instruments, the ensemble covers a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque Age to works of the early 20th century.

Baroque opera and Vienna Classical oratorio are the two major focuses of the Capella Augustina’s work – an emphasis that is particularly notable in the ensemble’s recent CD productions. In addition to Handel’s Imeneo, their CD release of Haydn’s Creation was acclaimed by international music critics. A further Haydn oratorio recording, Il ritorno di Tobia, received the German Record Critics’ Annual Award. The Capella Augustina has also recently recorded the two serenades for orchestra by Johannes Brahms, as well as Haydn’s Applausus cantata.

Ever since the Brühl Palace Concerts inaugurated the very first Haydn Festival in the Federal Republic of Germany, the works of Joseph Haydn have formed the centerpiece of the Capella Augustina’s concert programmes. Among other works, the orchestra has performed Haydn’s opera L'anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice at the 2017 Brühl Haydn Festival.
The high standard of the ensemble’s ongoing work in Brühl has increasingly attracted attention outside the region as well. They have thus been invited to perform Haydn’s marionette opera Die Feuersbrunst and his opera L’infedeltà delusa at the Potsdam Music Festival, and the Lower Saxony Music Festival has featured the Capella Augustina in a production of Haydn’s oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo.

In addition, the Capella has been invited to perform at the two palaces in Hungary and in Austria that previously belonged to the House of Esterházy, Haydn’s employer for many years. The orchestra also presented a staged production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, appeared at the Esterháza Haydn Festival in Fertöd (Hungary) and participated in the Early Music Forum organized by WDR RadioTelevision in Cologne.

In the course of the season 2014/2015, the Capella Augustina inaugurated a new concert hall for the Bavarian Forest Cultural Festival (kulturwald) with a performance of Haydn’s Creation, and participated in an Aix-en-Provence Festival production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in a guest appearance in the Kingdom of Bahrain. In 2017/2018 the ensemble has been invited to perform at the Arolser Barock-Festspiele, the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival, the Mozartfest Würzburg, the Händel-Festspiele in Halle and the Festspiele Europäische Wochen in Passau.
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ANDREAS SPERING

Andreas Spering is one of the leading specialists in historically informed performances. He was strongly influenced by his studies with Gerd Zacher in Essen and his position as harpsichordist with Musica Antiqua Köln and Reinhard Goebel (1990-1994).

Since 1996, Andreas Spering has been Artistic Director of the Brühl Castle Concerts Festival and the Capella Augustina, which he founded. Since 2002, this festival has focused on the works of Joseph Haydn, and Andreas Spering has thus established the first and only annual Haydn festival in Germany.

As an opera conductor, Andreas Spering regularly conducts at many well-known houses such as Gothenberg, Gent, Antwerp, Luxembourg, Sevilla, Hannover and Essen, where he conducted productions such as The Abduction from the Seraglio, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Fidelio, Der Freischütz, Rinaldo and Almira. With the Bayerische Theaterakademie at the Prinzregententheater in Munich he led a new production of Mayr’s Adelasia e Alermano. In France, he has worked at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence where he conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni in 2010 and was immediately re-invited for performances of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera two years later. During his time as Music Director of the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, he conducted many of Handel’s operas. In 2016 Andreas Spering conducted a new production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Operahouse in Copenhagen, in 2017 he will join the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra again for Le nozze di Figaro.

Andreas Spering has collaborated with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Orchestra Sinfónica de Euskadi, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Kammerorchester Basel, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. In Germany, he has worked with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker, Staatskapelle Weimar, Dresdner Philharmonie, Beethovenorchester Bonn and the radio orchestras of Hannover, Cologne, Leipzig and Munich. This season, Andreas Spering has been invited to perform wirh the Orquesta Barocca de Sevilla, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.

Known for his thoughtful choice of repertoire, Andreas Spering discography includes Handel’s Siroe and Imeneo and the first ever recording of Reichardt’s Erwin and Elmire. In 2005, the recording of Haydn’s Die Schöpfung performed on period instruments (Naxos) received international critical acclaim. The recording of early Haydn cantatas was awarded by the magazine “Le Monde de la Musique.”, Haydn’s seldom performed oratorio Il ritorno de Tobia (Naxos) received the German Recording Award 2008. Both Brahms serenades (cpo) were released in 2008, Haydn’s Applausus was released in 2010. Last season, a recording of Mozart Arias with the Kammerorchester Basel and Sabine Meyer was released by Sony and gained international acclaim.
 

CHOUCHANE SIRANOSSIAN

The French-Armenian violinist Chouchane Siranossian is one of the most engaging talents of her generation and has firmly established her reputation in historical performance as well as in modern music. Her deep knowledge of historical performance practices along with her exceptional virtuosity opens a new dimension for the interpretation of her vast repertoire.

Chouchane Siranossian studied with Tibor Varga, Pavel Vernikov, Zakhar Bron and Reinhard Goebel and is regularly invited as both soloist an concert master by numerous orchestras including Staatskapelle Dresden, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Concerto Köln, Hofkapelle München and Anima Eterna. She is concert master of Capella Augustina and Ensemble Esperanza.

Chouchane Siranossian played with Bertrand Chamayou, Michel Béroff, Philippe Bianconi, Daniel Ottensamer and Thomas Demenga as well as with historical performance specialists such as Jos van Immerseel, Marc Minkowski, Christoph Prégardien, Alexis Kossenko, Christophe Coin, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Rüdiger Lotter, Roy Goodman, Michael Hofstetter, Dorothee Oberlinger, Kristin von der Goltz, Rudolf Lutz, Andreas Spering, Reinhard Goebel and Thomas Hengelbrock. Her great interest in contemporary music is reflected by her co-operation with various composers such as Bechara El Khoury, Daniel Schnyder, Marc-André Dalbavie and Eric Tanguy.

In 2016, a duo-program with Jos van Immerseel has been released by Alpha Records. In 2015 Chouchane Siranossian recorded as solist for Sony DHM. Her first Solo-CD "Time Reflexion" (OehmsClassics) was awarded with the prestigious Diapason Découverte. She has made live recordings for broadcasts such as Mezzo, WDR, NDR, BR, SRF, ORF, Radio classique and Radio Suisse Romande.

In autumn 2016 Chouchane Siranossian has been touring as a solist with Anima Eterna (Tzigane, Zigeunerweisen and Mendelssohn's violin concerto in e-minor) and has performed Beethoven's violin concerto on gut strings in the Kölner Philharmonie.

Chouchane Siranossian plays a baroque violin by Giuseppe & Antoine Gagliano (1795) and a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (1770), provided by the Boubo-Music foundation.
Violin
Chouchane Siranossian
Cécile Dorchêne
Gudrun Engelhardt
Shant Eskenian
Danylo Gertsev
Katja Grüttner
Malina Mantcheva
Christoph Mayer
Emilio Percan
Gabriele Steinfeld
Fiona Stevens
Monica Waisman

Viola
Christian Goosses
Johannes Platz
Gabrielle Kancachian
Xandi van Dijk
Cello
Markus Möllenbeck
Inka Döring
Davit Melkonyan
Kathrin Sutor
Andreas Müller

Double bass
Miriam Shalinsky
Jörg Lühring
Flute
Michael Schmidt-Casdorff
Ingo Nelken
Annie Laflamme
Daniel Rothert

Oboe
Ina Stock
Clara Blessing

Clarinet
Benjamin Reissenberger
Odilo Ettelt

Bassoon
Györgyi Farkas
Katrin Lazar
Horn
Christian Binde
Oliver Kersken
Elke Schulze-Höckelmann
Jörg Schulteß

Trumpet
Almut Rux
Norbert Vohn
Laura Vukobratovic

Hapsichord
Wiebke Weidanz
Luca Quintavalle