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Jadranka Gasparovic (Zagreb) started off at the Academy of Music in Zagreb with Prof. V. Despalj and continued her studies at the Musikhochschüle Köln with Prof. K. Kanngieser. Her numerous diplomas include the 'Künstlerische Abschlussprüfung' (1995) and the 'Konzertexamen' (1998).

She studied the chamber music repertoire with the Alban Berg Quartett and A. Longuich during the 1998-2000 period.

Still a student, she successfully participated in national and international competitions. She is a laureate of the Zagreb, Köln and Scheveningen competitions. Shortly afterwards, she became solo cellist of the World Youth Orchestra and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Köln.

She subsequently joined the Zagreber Philharmoniker, WDR-Rundfunkorchester Köln, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the Neues Rheinisches Kammerorchester.

As a soloist, she performed the 'big' repertoire in radio and television recordings, her partners being the Noordhollands Filharmonisch Orkest, Zagreber Solisten, Rundfunkorchester Kroatien, Zagreber Philharmoniker, MAV - Synfonieorchester Budapest, Moravska Philharmonie Tsjechië and the Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra.


Hans-Ludwig Becker (Worms) met the cello at age seven and subsequently studied in Hannover, Detmold and Düsseldorf with K. Georgian and J. Goritzki.

From 1991 until 1997, he was solo cellist at the Theater Nordhausen Thüringen. He joined the Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera in 1998 as second solo-cellist.

Hans-Ludwig is a member of the 'Kandinsky String Quartet'.

The activities of this ensemble evolve around performing the standard repertoire as well as creating new works and commissions. Another aspect of the ensemble's versatility is its involvement in cross-over: the integration of music with dance and film.


Greet Gils (Turnhout) studied at the Royal Conservatories of Music in Antwerp and Ghent, her teachers being André Messens, Hans Mannes and Dirk Vermeulen. Her numerous diploma include first prices in cello and chamber music, the latter with distinction.

Greet Gils worked in the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra (Canada).

She joined the Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera in 1989 and has been playing there ever since. As a member of chamber orchestras and ensembles - the Argandi piano trio to mention one - Greet has built up a vast chamber music repertoire.


Muriel Bialek (Charleroi) became a laureate of the 'Pro Civitate' competition in 1984, winning a "Premier Prix". She studied with F. Springuel and E. Baert, obtaining first prices in cello and chamber music.

Muriel Bialek followed master classes with A. Navarra, L. Claret and B. Greenhouse. In 1988, she was admitted at the "Folkwang Hochschule" (Essen) with Prof. Chr. Richter. She successfully concluded her studies in 1991, obtaining the 'Künstlerische Abschlussprüfung' with distinction.

Muriel Bialek is an active chamber-music player and a member of the 'Arcade' trio. She also co-founded the 'Zimro' klezmer group. For many years, she was assistant of France Springuel at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Ghent.

She has been a member of the Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera since 1991.


Christoph Gerlach (Düsseldorf) began his musical education as a pianist at the Robert-Schumann Konservatorium Düsseldorf, his teacher being Prof. B. Rhoderburg.

He started studying the cello in 1971 with B.Maxelon and J.Wolf. Shortly afterwards, he became a first-prize winner of the “Jugend Musiziert“ competition and joined the Bundesjugendorchester. During the 1979-1982 period, he was a member of the St. Andreas Orchester (Düsseldorf), touring extensively in France, Italy and Spain.

Christoph studied at the „Folkwang-Hochschule“ Essen from 1984 to 1989 with Prof. M. Dorner. He joined the Orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera in 1989

From 1995 untill 1998, he studied cembalo, continuo and historical performance practice at the „Musikhochschule Köln/Aachen" with R. Trimborn. He frequently performs as a cembalo soloist and continuo player.


Thomas Frühauf (Frankfurt) studied at the "Folkwang Hochschule" Essen with Prof. Chr. Richter. He successfully concluded his studies in 1993, obtaining the 'Künstlerische Abschlussprüfung' with distinction.
He followed masterclasses cello and chamber music with Yo Yo Ma, Siegfried Palm, Mirel Jankovitch, W.Boetcher, Klaus Stoll and the members of the Brandis and La Salle String Quartetts.

For years, Thomas was a member of the "Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Köln",working closely together with conductors such as Boulez, Barschaï, Saraste, Gielen and Simonov. He frequently performed as a soloist in works of Vivaldi, Haydn, Lalo and Stamitz and commissioned works of modern composers that were dedicated to him.

He currently plays as cello-solo in the Chamber Orchestra 'Nuove Musice' and is the cellist of the 'Nuove Musice' String Quartett. Besides that, Thomas is also a member of the "Emanon" chamber ensemble.

He joined the Vlaamse Opera in 1993.


Jan Van Passen (Merksem) began studying the cello with his father Louis, cellist and founding father of 'de Filharmonie' - the orchestra that became the actual 'Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen'. He successfully concluded his studies with Andre Messes and Hugo Van de Velde at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp and continued his tuition with Edmond Carlier and Roel Dieltiens. He played in the Nieuw Belgisch Kamerorkest, the Orchestra of de Munt/la Monnaie, the Flemish Radio Orchestra, the Koninklijk Filharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen,
I Fiamminghi and the Beethovenacademie.

As cello-solo of "Caravelli et son Grand Orchestre", Jan has toured extensively in Europe, the US, the former USSR and Japan. He is a member of the chamber ensemble "Yatou", an experimental group of players who perform a variety of chamber music, shrinking or extending the number of their participants accordingly.

During 12 years, Jan taught the cello at the academies of music of Ekeren, Hamme, Schoten and Merksem. He joined the orchestra of the Vlaamse Opera in 1989. Previously, he had been a member of the Orchestra of the Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera (K.V.O.) and the Opera Voor Vlaanderen (O.V.V.).


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