Over the last five years, Lathika Vithanage has established herself as one of Australia and Europe’s up and coming baroque violinists.
On arrival in Europe, with the assistance of Italian Government scholarships, Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants and an Australia Council Skills and Development Grant, Lathika was able to profit from the musical and career guidance of baroque violin professors including: Stefano Montanari, Susanne Scholz, Judy Tarling, Richard Gwilt, Gottfried von der Goltz, Petra Mullejans, Olivia Centurioni, Elisa Citterio, Enrico Onofri, Manfredo Kraemer and Amandine Beyer.
Following training projects with the Montis Regalis Orchestra (A De Marchi), Festival Aix en Provence opera orchestra (L G Alarcon) and the Ambronay European Baroque academy (S Kuijken), she was launched into the freelance baroque music scene in Europe.
She is regularly called to perform and record with high profile European groups including: Accademia Bizantina (Italy), Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (Germany), Ensemble Clematis (Belgium), Concerto Italiano (Italy), La Cappella Mediterranea (France), Montis Regalis orchestra (Italy) and La Divina Armonia (Italy). Her passion lies in chamber music and single string work which she gets to explore not only with the two ensembles of which she is a founding member since 2011: Il Caleidoscopio and AbChordis Ensemble, but also with established European groups including; Concerto Italiano, Ensemble Clematis, Cappella Mediterranea, Montis Regalis orchestra, Les Cyclopes and Silete Venti.
Lathika regularly returns to Australia to take part in the flourishing baroque music scene there, and is currently completing a specialised masters in baroque violin performance at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis with Amandine Beyer.
Noelia Reverte Reche
Viola da gamba
Born in Almería, Spain, in 1981, and graduated with honors in classical guitar. In 2002 she received a scholarship from the Fondazione Antonio Gala for young artists (Cordoba, Spagna) giving her the opportunity to perform as soloist in major concerts including performances at the Teatro Liceu of Barcelona and Grand Theatre Cordoba.
In 2005, she began studying viola da gamba at the Conservatory of Madrid Arturo Soria, supplementing her education with classes with violist, Fahmi Alqhai. In 2008 she relocated to Milan to further her studies with the maestro Rodney Prada at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica, where she graduated in 2011. Following this she pursued a specialised course of study in viola da gamba with Maestro Vittorio Ghielmi at the Conservatorio Luca Marenzio of Brescia.
Since her arrival in Italy, she has consistently collaborated with some of the most important groups in this country, including Accademia Bizantina, Il Giardino Armonico, La Divina Armonia, Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo, among many others. Her activity abroad includes collaborations with ensembles such as Capella de Ministrers (Spagna) and Cappella Mediterranea (Francia).
As well as pursuing an active concert career, Noelia is also a dedicated pedagogue of viola da gamba solo and consort repertoire. She has taught at the summer course organised by the Accademia del Ricercare a Romano Canavese, Torino Italy, and in the annual programs promoted by Triacamusicale for the Gaudete! International Festival of Ancient Music.
Noelia Reverte Reche teaches viola da gamba at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland
She has made recordings with the group Accordone (Guido Morini and Marco Beasley) for Arcana, Rosso Porpora (Walter Testolin) for Stradivarius and The Rossignolo (Ottaviano Tenerai ) for Sony.
Flora Papadopoulos is a Greek-born harpist based in Milan, Italy. After completing her modern harp studies at the Conservatory of Parma with Emanuela Degli Esposti, she has dedicated herself to mastering early harps. With the assistance of a Marco Fodella Foundation scholarship, Flora has purcued her baroque harp studies with Mara Galassi at Accademia Internazionale della Musica of Milan, obtaining her Masters degree with full marks.
Her performing career includes both solistic and chamber music projects, as well as collaborations with several orchestras and ensembles all over Europe.
She has played under the guidance of directors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Federico Guglielmo, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Alessandro De Marchi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marco Mencoboni, among many others.
She has performed in prestigious concert halls including the Opéra Garnier of Paris, (Incoronazione di Poppea, with R. Alessandrini, Concerto Italiano and R.Wilson), the Cité dela Musique in Paris (with F. Lassere, Akademia and Neemrana Music Foundation, a French and Indian production with concerts in France and New Delhi), the Onassis Music hall of Athens, Black Diamond of Copenhagen and more.
She has taken part in recording projects for Harmonia Mundi, MDG and Brilliant Classics.
She is an active educator, with teaching posts at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica of Milan, and at the Associazione Chopin (Lugano), where she teaches modern harp.
She has achieved a Bachelors degree with honours in Liberal Arts from the University of Parma, and a Masters degree in Musicology from the University La Sorbonne of Paris, again with full honours.