Arthur Stockel began his musical education by growing up in a family of musicians. He first began his clarinet studies at the Conservatoire Départemental de Colmar under the tutelage of Alain Toiron. In 2016 Arthus was accepted into the class of Pascal Moraguès at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP), where he is currently completing his Master’s studies. The following year, he was awarded second prize at the Lisbon International Clarinet Competition. He has participated in many summer festivals including Gustav Mahler JugendOrchester and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the batons of Daniel Harding, Antonio Pappano and Vladimir Jurowski. Stockel has concertized throughout the UK and Europe as principal clarinetist of the London Symphony Orchestra and many others. Currently, he is the principal clarenetist of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg.
Szymon Parulski started his studies on clarinet at the age of 8 in the Comprehensive School in Plock (Poland) in Jacek Grochocki’s class. In 2013 he got the 1st prize in International Clarinet Competition “Severio Mercadante” - Noci (Italy) and in 2014 he won the 1st prize in the “Benelux Clarinet Competition Ghent”. After this many prizes were given to Parulski. He also took part in many masterclasses led by outstanding musicians and teachers. In 2020 he has been selected to the “Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester 2020” and the “Prague Spring International Music Competition 2020”.
Angel Martin Mora was born in Madrid in 1999. At the age of 9 he starts his musical studies followed by the studies at the Toledo Conservatory. During 2017 - 2019 he studied at Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid with Michel Arrignon and Enrique Pérez. Currently, he continues his studies with Yehuda Gilad at Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. As soloist he has played the Mozart clarinet Concerto and the Spohr Clarinet Concert No. 4. He has won the “International Clarinet Competition Bal y Gay”, 2nd prize in the “International Clarinet Competition Porto”, “Juventudes Musicales” Competition, ”Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition” and the 2nd prize in the “Pasadena Competition” Los Angeles.
Flanders Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in Flanders. Composed of very passionate musicians and led by well-known conductors, the Flanders Symphony Orchestra plays new compositions as well as innovative interpretations of the well-known symphonic repertoire from the classical period. Founded in 1960, the orchestra has been conducted by distinguished conductors such as David Angus, Etienne Siebens, Seikyo Kim and Jan Latham-Koenig. Since 2019, the orchestra has been led by the new chief conductor Kristina Poska.
Founded in 1944, the Zemlinsky Quartet has since its inception become a shining example of Czech String Quartet culture. Named after the Austrian composer, conductor and teacher Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) who made a major contribution to Czech, German and Jewish culture during his 16-year stay in Prague. His four string quartets are part of the ensemble’s standard repertoire. In 2010 the Zemlinsky Quartet won the “First Grand Prize” at the International String Quartet Competition. One of a long line of prizes won. The quartet can be heard regularly in her home country of the Czech Republic, but is also known worldwide.
Soprano Franches Dhont got her Master’s degree classical singing with great distiction at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in the class of Hendrickje van Kerckhove. In september 2021 she made her professional debut as Nymph in Pan & Syrinx from Galliard and she sang in the music theatre performance “Ontroerd” from Dirk Brossé. In 2022 she will be singing the leading part of “The mouse” in Gruffalo from Ivan Fisher with Spectra Ensemble.
After his training as a pianist, composer and conductor, Johan Duijck was appointed to the “Vlaams Radio Koor,” the “Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields Chorus” in London, the “European Youth Choir” and the “Gents Madrigaalkoor.” He is regularly invited by renowned ensembles such as the “Orquesta Sinfónica Real de Sevilla”, the “Irish National Chamber Choir” and many others. As a composer, he mainly focuses on piano and choral music. Johan Duijck is an acclaimed and passionate pianist, as can be heard on this album.