Vaughan Schlepp graduated magna cum laude from the Eastman School of Music in New York, where he studied with Maria Luisa Faini. His interest in early music took him to the Netherlands for study with Gustav Leonhardt. As a performer on the harpsichord as well as on the 18th century fortepiano, the 19th century Hammerklavier and the modern piano, Vaughan Schlepp has given numerous recitals and master-classes throughout the world as well as having made recordings for radio, television and compact disc. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the Netherlands and America, and as a chamber musician with such diverse artists as cellist Anner Bijlsma, violinist Lucy van Dael, soprano Barbara Schlick, baritone Max van Egmond and bassist Hans Roelofsen. As continuo and solo organist he has participated extensively in the successful recordings of the complete Bach Cantatas which were released in 2001. His recordings on fortepiano and Ham- merklavier with violinist Antoinette Lohmann and also with countertenor Sytse Buwalda have met with wide acclaim. He has for many years been musical director and arranger for Opera Nijetrijne in Friesland and for the Amsterdam Marionetten Theater with whom he has made a number of successful tours and recordings.
Vaughan Schlepp is intensively involved with modern music and theatre, and is active in Amsterdam as a teacher and coach for both singers and instrumentalists. He is regularly engaged as an Artistic Research advisor at Codarts in Rotterdam.
Since 1989, he has been in demand as an arranger, music typesetter and publisher. He has been given assignments by the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation, Sony, Schott, Annie Bank Editions, Cantus Köln, Anner Bijlsma, Vera Beths, Gustav Leonhardt,
Klaas Posthuma, Gooi en Sticht, the Loeki Stardust Quartet, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Amsterdam Marionetten Theater and the Bredeweg Festival.
Frank Anepool began studying the cornet at the age of eight and shortly thereafter began playing in the brass band in his home town, Wormer. In this band he developed his playing skills and gained valuable experience as a soloist. His first lessons were with Ben Zaal and after high school he studied with Peter Masseurs at the Amsterdam Conservatory, where he received his Master’s degrees in both performance and pedagogy.
Frank has always had an interest in historically informed performance practice and this led him to study Baroque trumpet with Susan Williams at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He has worked extensively with a number of renowned ensembles, such as the Combattimento Consort and Collegium Vocale Gent, and has made numerous recordings. For many years he has performed with The Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands as both first trumpeter and as soloist. It was in this ensemble that he met Vaughan Schlepp and they have performed extensively together.
As a versatile trumpeter, Frank has also established himself as a performer of modern classical music and has played many world premières. He has performed with Combustion Chamber, is a member of the Clazz Ensemble, and as a freelance musician he performs and makes recordings with numerous orchestras and ensembles. He conducts both choirs and brass bands, and he has taught principle study Baroque trumpet at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In addition, he is a composer and as a singer and trumpeter has released an album of his own songs.
Frank plays on a Boosey & Hawkes Souvereign 920 medium-bore cornet which was built in the 1970s. The mouthpiece is a Guilbaut Couesnon No. 2 built in Paris in the 1880s.