Marie Stockmarr Becker’s musical activities branch out in various directions including early music on period instruments, contemporary music and improvisation. Based in Malmö (SE) she regularly plays with several early music ensembles in Denmark and Sweden including Concerto Copenhagen and Göteborg Baroque. Currently she is co-principal violist in Basel Sinfonietta and since 2019 she plays with the Icelandic group Nordic Affect performing new music on period instruments. Marie is a dedicated and curious chamber musician with a particular interest in the early original repertoire featuring the viola.
Marie studied in Conservatoire National de Région de Rueil-Malmaison (FR) and at the Music Academy of Basel (CH). Here she carried out part of her studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis under the guidance of David Plantier. She completed a Master of Arts in 2011. Marie has worked with important mentors during courses and master classes, including Christophe Coin, Jordi Savall, Philippe Herreweghe, Enrico Gatti, Chiara Banchini.
Marie played with symphony orchestras in France, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark, including an internship in Saarländisches Staatsorchester (DE) and several contracts with Copenhagen Phil (DK). From 2014 to 2016, she held a contract with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (DRSO). As a chamber musician she has guested Wiener Konzerthaus, on Fringe in MA Festival Brugge and Oude Muziek Utrecht, on l’Architasto Festival in Rome and on American Bach Summer Festival in San Francisco. See more about Marie here.
Ilaria Macedonio was born in Assisi into a family almost entirely composed of professional musicians. Beginning her piano studies at the age of seven, Ilaria won first prize at the Settenote Music Competition in Arrone aged eight. Since then, Ilaria has been a prizewinner at numerous competitions including the Piccole Mani Music Competition in Perugia, the Concorso Musicale Città di Castelnuovo Garfagnana and the Concorso Hyperion in Rome.
In 2006 Ilaria gave her debut as a soloist with orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K414 with the Ensemble Le Metamorfosi Musicali in Umbria and Lazio, and later went on to study for her bachelor’s at the G. Briccialdi Musical Institute in Terni where she graduated with first class honors. In 2013 Ilaria won the Erasmus selection for a study exchange to Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2014 she enrolled at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen to study for a Master’s degree in Early Music under the guidance of Ketil Haugsand.
As a soloist, Ilaria has performed the Goldberg Variations at Frederiksberg Slotskirke and Bach’s Concerto for 2 Harpsichords BWV 1060 in Copenhagen as well as Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord BWV 1055 in Holbæk, Denmark. Ilaria has attended masterclasses, workshops and seminars with Andrew Lawrence-King, Peter Spissky, Imbi Tarum, Emma Kirkby, Enrico Gatti, Claudio Astronio, Alfredo Bernardini, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ton Koopman, Ketil Are Haugsand and Hille Perl.
In 2017/18 Ilaria has been studying at the Royal College of Music on the Artist Diploma Course with Jane Chapman and Terence Charlston. In London she performed as a continuo player at the Greenwich Music Festival 2017, as a soloist at the Southbank Centre, and at the Mottisfont National Trust Museum in May 2018. See more about Ilaria here.