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LA BEATA OLANDA - founded in 1992 - performs in groups from duo (Claudia Hoffmann: violin, medieval fiddle and harp and Thorsten Bleich: theorbo, guitar and musette) to orchestra.
The ensemble concentrates on the following aspects within Early Music: the research and performance of lesser known and un-edited compositions, the performance of works by female composers of the baroque and the early classical period, the performance of works from the courts in France and Austria including musette as well as Crossover with Irish Folk.

Claudia Hoffmann is the founder and leader of LA BEATA OLANDA, Freiburg, Germany.
Claudia undertook her graduate studies as a violinist in Freiburg Germany, then gained post-graduate degrees in Early Music, studiing with Michi Gaigg (Straßbourg, France), Chiara Banchini (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland) , Ryo Terakado and Sigiswald Kuijken at the Koninklijk Conservatorium The Hague (Netherlands), finishing with Concert Diploma in 1997.
In addition, Claudia did masterclasses with J.E. Gardiner, Fabio Biondi, Ingrid Seifert and Reinhard Goebel. She has been performing with the Barockorchester Stuttgart, "la stagione" Frankfurt, the Barockorchester Bremen and La Petite Bande, Brussels and many others. She has worked with the Madrigalchor Freiburg, the Kammerchor Zürcher Unterland, Knabenkantorei Basel, the Orchestra of the Baroque and the Ensemble Vocale München and various broadcasting stations.

Recently and upcoming events with LA BEATA OLANDA include the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Thüringer Bachwochen, Barockfestspiele Arolsen, Kultursommer Nordhessen and Gryéres Festival 2006 (CH) where Claudia will also be holding a masterclass . (www.anselmus.ch)

Concentrating on the research and performance of lesser known and un-edited compositions as well as the works by female composers ,LA BEATA OLANDA were the first ensemble to record the violin sonatas by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre in 2000 which was very well received by both critics and audiences

Thorsten Bleich is professor for lute instruments and Early Music Practice at the Conservatoire de Straßbourg (France).
After his modern guitar studies at the Academy for Music in Trossingen he specialised on period instruments and studied at the Akademie für Alte Musik Bremen (with Steven Stubbs), at the Music Academies of Trossingen (Rolf Lislevand - historical guitar ) and Köln (Konrad Junghänel - Lute/Theorbe).

Thorsten Bleich performs as a soloist and accompanist in the whole of Europe . He has recorded for various broadcasting stations and produced together with Ensemble Aspecte (Switzerland), le Parlement de Musique (France), Gli Scarlattisti and many others

Gerald Stempfel undertook his graduate studies in Nürnberg, Amsterdam and Basel: recorder with Ulrike Volkhardt, Marion Verbruggen and Walter van Hauwe, harpsichord with Anneke Uitenbusch and Carsten Lohff and Viola da Gamba with Hartwig Groth and Paolo Pandolfo. Performing as a soloist and as a member of various ensembles such as Labyrinto (with Paolo Pandolfo) he has been touring to Czechia, Great Britain, Spain and Portugal.

Gerald Stempfel has won the following competitons:
1986 Ambassador Wettbewerb Nürnberg - second price
1987 special price best performance of 17 th century music "Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert"
1989 Open nederlandse blockfluit dagen - first price
1990 Dr. Drexel - Wettbewerb Nürnberg - second price
1990 Wettbewerb der Bayerischen Hochschulen u Konservatoiren - first price

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