Lucia Swarts studied with Anner Bijlsma and Lidewij Scheifes at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she acquired her solo degree in 1985. In the same year she gave a debut recital in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in the series New Vintage for talented young musicians.
Lucia Swarts specialized in chamber music, both on modern and on baroque cello. She is first cellist in the Baroque Orchestra of the Netherlands Bach Society and forms a duo with harpsichord player Siebe Henstra. She is a member of the Chromatic Quartet and Quartetto Amsterdam, and she frequently plays in ensembles for contemporary music, such as the Schönberg Ensemble and the Nieuw Ensemble.
In June 1996, at the Holland Festival, she was one of the solo players in the opera A King, riding by Klaas de Vries. She worked with baroque specialists like Gustave Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and René Jacobs, but also with specialists in modern music like Reinbert de Leeuw and Oliver Knussen, performing in many CD’s, radio and television recordings.
Lucia Swarts teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at the Conservatory of Groningen. She also gives courses in The Netherlands and abroad, including the annual Festival of Ancient Music in Daroca (Spain).
LEO VAN DOESELAAR studied the organ with Albert de Klerk and piano with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Sweelinck Conservatory. After obtaining his solo degrees, he was awarded the Prix d'Excellence in organ.
Upon the completion of his conservatory training, he specialized in the organ repertoire of the Baroque, following several international courses; he also studied French organ repertoire in Paris under André Isoir and took fortepiano lessons with Malcolm Bilson and Jos van Immerseel.
Leo van Doeselaar appears frequently in concert throughout Europe and the United States; he has also appeared as a soloist and teacher at numerous important Early Music festivals, including those of Flanders, Utrecht, York, Saintes, Berlin, San Antonio and Moscow.
He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and conductors including Ernest Bour, Riccardo Chailly, Jean Fournet, Ingo Metzmacher, Mariss Jansons, Frans Brüggen and David Zinman.
He has appeared as a continuo player with many baroque ensembles including those led by Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Sigiswald Kuyken, Gustav Leonhardt and Andrew Parrott.
In addition to these activities, he is a dedicated chamber music performer on both historic and modern pianos.
He also partners Wyneke Jordans in a widely acclaimed duo-piano team, using both historical and modern instruments. The duo frequently appears in concert and has also recorded a dozen CDs for the Etcetera, Challenge Classics and Globe labels.
As an organist, Mr. van Doeselaar has also made recordings on CD for various different labels, including the first complete recording of the organ works of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and Georg Friedrich Händel. His discography further lists organ music on historic organs by Scheidemann (Echo KLASSIK 2014 and ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2013’), Mozart, Krebs, Joh.Seb.Bach, Anth. van Noordt, Jan Pzn. Sweelinck and organ works by Franz Liszt and César Franck.
He was the organ soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, in Paul Hindemith's Kammermusik no. 7, recorded by Decca. This recording received a Grammy Award.
In 1993, on the occasion of the dedication of the restored Concertgebouw organ, Leo van Doeselaar was the soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Maestro Chailly.
At the Concertgebouw he played the world premieres of Organ Concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina, Franco Donatoni, Tristan Keuris and Wolfgang Rihm.
In 1995 he was appointed professor of organ at the " Universität der Künste" in Berlin.
In addition he is titular organist of the famous Schnitger-organ of the Martinikerk in Groningen as well as titular organist of the Concertgebouw. In 2007, Leo van Doeselaar received the prestigious ‘Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’ Award for his merits for the organ culture.