Uri Dror - Recorder
US born, Israeli recorder player Uri A. Dror is a man of diverse talents and interests,
including a B. Sc. in geology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and several years
of working in the IT industry.
A student of Mr. Gershon Prenski (in Israel) for many years, Uri has been an active chamber
musician in various groups and venues in Israel. He has taken part in many master-classes and
workshops with renowned recorder artists such as Sebastièn Marq, Marion Verbruggen, Heiko ter
Schegget, Michael Schneider and Kees Boeke (in Jerusalem) and Peter Holtslag (in Portugal).
He also played in master-classes with Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Evelyn Tubb and John Toll.
In September 2001 Uri has moved to The Hague, The Netherlands, to pursue his life-long passion
for music, on a professional level. In the years 2001 – 2005 he has completed his B.A.
in recorder performance at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, studying with Peter van Heyghen
and with Daniel Brüggen.
In 2004 he participated in a production of John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis” under the direction of
Nigel North, and in August 2005 he performed in the Utrecht Fringe Festival of Early Music with
In 2007 he recieved his Masters degree at the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, studying
with Daniel Brüggen and Sébastien Marq. Uri is active as a chamber music performer, teacher and music editor.
Claire Fahy - Baroque violin
Irish violinist Claire Fahy began studying violin with her mother when
she was three years old, later receiving lessons at the Cork School of
Music. She studied musicology at the University College Cork,
graduating with a B.Mus., while continuing to study violin with
Claire's interest in in baroque music and historical performance
practice then led her to study baroque violin with Maya Homburger, and
later with Pavlo Beznosiuk at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag
and Antoinette Lohmann at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. She
is currently working as a freelance musician while pursuing a Masters
degree in musicology at University College Cork.
She feels lucky to have a job that allows her to perform with many
different chamber ensembles and orchestras in the Netherlands,
Germany, Iceland, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, the U.K., the U.S.A.,
Slovenia, Brazil, Argentina...
Sarah Ridy - Harp
Sarah Louise Ridy was born in West Yorkshire in England in 1981. She began to study the clarsach (
small harp) at the age of eight with a local teacher. At school she also studied the clarinet,
saxophone, piano and singing. At the age of twelve she began to learn the pedal harp, and studied
under the tutelage of Frank Sternefeld. After leaving school she attended the Royal Northern
College of Music in Manchester where she continued to learn pedal harp with the same teacher.
She graduated in 2003 with a B.Mus. (hons.) in music performance.
Sarah first became interested in the performance of Baroque music after attending a concert
in the south of England given by Andrew Lawrence-King and The Harp Consort in 1999. It was
the final concert of an early music summer school, and she decided to enroll on the same course
for the following year. By luck she found an Italian triple harp for sale, and began to study
early performance techniques. She enrolled on other summer courses, such as West Dean College with
Frances Kelly and became interested in continuo playing. Over the next few years she partook
in performances of Handel's Tamerlano, the Monteverdi vespers of 1641, and the baroque opera
"La Purpura de la Rosa" directed by Andrew Lawrence-King.
After graduating from the RNCM she decided to specialize in historical performance,
and entered the Royal Conservatory of the Hague to study with Christina Pluhar.
Since arriving in The Hague she has performed with many varied ensembles, including a
performance at the Utrecht fringe Festival of Early Music. She finished her masters degree in
historical performance practice in June 2009. The baroque triple harp she now plays is a
copy of an instrument by Cellini, made by Rainer Thurau in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Henrikke Gjermundsen Rynning
Henrikke Gjermundsen Rynning was born in Stavanger, Norway, in 1981. At the age of nine she began
studying cello at Stavanger School of Music and later became a pre-tertiary student at the Music
Conservatory with John Mørk whilst completing secondary studies at St. Svithun School of Music.
In 2000 Henrikke moved to Oslo to study at Barratt Dues Music Institute with Bjørn Solum and
received her Bachelor degree in 2004. Over the course of her studies she participated in many
early music courses, including the Curso Internacional de Música Antiga in Portugal with
Jonathan Manson, the Ringve International Summer Course in Norway with Wieland Kuijken and
Paolo Pandolfo and the International Summer Academy in Norway with Anner Bylsma.
Her growing interest for early music brought her to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, The
Netherlands, where she completed her Bachelor degree in Baroque cello in 2007, having studied
with Jaap ter Linden. In June 2009 she graduated with a Masters degree from the Conservatory
of Amsterdam, where she studied baroque cello with Viola de Hoog and viola da gamba with
Mieneke van der Velden.
Currently she is doing a post-graduate course at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC),
studying baroque cello and bass violin with Bruno Cocset and viola da gamba with Emmanuel Balssa.
Henrikke performs regularly in Norway with Barokkanerne, Stavanger Barokkensemble and The Norwegian
Baroque Orchestra. She has participated in various productions with the Norwegian State Opera,
such as Handel's “Julius Caesar” under the leadership of Rinaldo Alessandrini and
"L'incoronatione di Poppea" by Monteverdi lead by Allesandro di Marchi. She has played
in many early music festivals, i.e. the Holland early music festival Utrecht, Flandern
festival Brugge, the Seviqc Brezice Festival in Slovenia and Oslo Chamber music- and
Church music festival. Henrikke has worked with various ensembles and musicians such as
L'Arpeggiata (Christina Pluhar), Arte dei Suonatori, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen Pilch and
Rolf Lislevand. She has two times been chosen to take part in the Académie Baroque
Europèenne d'Ambronay, in September 2006 doing Cavalli's "Ercole Amante" lead by Gabriel
Garrido and in September 2008, with music by G. Gabrieli lead by Jean Tubery.
She is a founding member of Ensemble La Novella, a group which devotes themselves to early 17th
century Italian music, with whom she has performed many concerts in Holland and elsewhere in Europe.
Eitan Hoffer - Theorbo
Eitan Hoffer grew up in Haifa and played Violin and Classic guitar from his
Between 1992-1998 he specialized in early music in Holland, studying
baroque violin with Manfredo Kraemer and Florian Deuter, and lute with Fred
Jacobs at the conservatory of Amsterdam. During those years he performed and recorded
with several orchestras and groups in Holland such as "Concerto d'Amsterdam" and
"Compagnia Vocale", with which he won third prize at the "Van Wassenar" international
competition for early music ensembles in 1998.
Since his return to Israel Eitan regularly performs at home and abroad, playing the
baroque violin, lute and theorbo with groups as
The Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra,
"Phoenix Consort", and "La Novella".