Our Musicians

“each instrumentalist played as though personally responsible for the entire show, wringing out every ounce of drama: at one point during Act II, the cellos unleashed such a torrent of fury that they threatened to upstage the cast." – Financial Times

Such is the commitment and passion that our players bring to every performance. Drawn not only from home-grown talent, The English Concert can boast a truly international cast of musicians. Soloists in their own right, and backed-up by scholarly knowledge of style and genre, the close-knit relationship between our musicians makes for a truly special blend of sound.

"An important factor in the success of this superb orchestra is the obvious enjoyment that the talented players display, both in their individual playing and as part of the English Concert 'team'; it is infectious."

Section Principals
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German born violinist Nadja Zwiener studied in Berlin and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she specialised in historic performance practice of music from the 17th to the 19th Century.

Leader
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Tuomo Suni studied baroque violin in his native Finland with Kreeta-Maria Kentala before attending the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, studying with Enrico Gatti and graduating with a master's degree in 2005.

Principal 2nd violin
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Alfonso Leal del Ojo grew up and received his initial training in Seville. In 1998 he moved to London where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he specialized in period instrument performance.He has been principal viola of The English Concert since 2006 and tours extensively with them throughout Europe, East Asia and North America. In addition to his work...

PRINCIPAL VIOLA
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Collaborations with period-instrument orchestras introduced Joe to the infectious enthusiasm of the instrumentalists which seemed a world away from the strict discipline of the choir, and this brought him to postgraduate studies as a baroque cellist at the Royal Academy of Music.Immediately after graduating Joe joined the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and he now combines his positions as principal...

PRINCIPAL CELLO
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Christine Sticher is a true music nomad. Growing up in Germany, she took part in her towns' vivid music making as a guitarist and as a trombone player. When she picked up the double bass at age 16, the town became too small. She studied double bass and Violone at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Netherlands. Christine's career covers many genres, but...

PRINCIPAL DOUBLE BASS
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Born in Florida, William Carter trained as a modern guitarist with Bruce Holzman at The Florida State University before falling in love with the earlier plucked instruments and the world of historical performance. He travelled to London as a Fulbright Scholar, where he studied the lute with Nigel North and quickly established himself as one of the leading players on old instruments.Concert tours and...

PRINCIPAL LUTE
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Born in England Lisa Beznosiuk is one of the worlds leading performers on early flutes. In her dual capacities as soloist and orchestral principal, she has travelled the world playing a wide range of 18th and 19th century repertoire with some of its finest interpreters. Among other distinguished positions, she is principal flute of The English Concert with whom she has recorded Bach’s Brandenburg...

PRINCIPAL FLUTE
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Katharina Spreckelsen is one of the leading baroque oboists of her generation and soon became a sought after principal oboist with many European Ensembles.

PRINCIPAL OBOE
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Alberto Grazzi studied bassoon at the Civica Scuola di Musica in Milan, from which he graduated in 1986. In 1985 he was asked to join the European Baroque Orchestra, marking his introduction to the world of early music. He has since performed with many of the world’s leading authentic instrument ensembles, including Concentus Musicus Wien, The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra, Les Musiciens Du Louvre,...

PRINCIPAL BASSOON
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It was a different world he opened to me, without the valves on the horn I completely rely on my ears and I can manipulate the sound to create many more colours than on the modern valve horn.

PRINCIPAL HORN