Ana began her musical studies as a young child in her hometown of Huesca, Spain. There she had her first exposure to choral singing and piano, focusing on music of the Spanish renaissance and the classic works of Händel, Bach, Mozart, Purcell, Schütz and Buxtehude.
These first years of musical education determined the course of her later career. After graduating with honors from the Conservatorio del Liceo in Barcelona, Ana continued her studies with Dominique Vellard and Richard Levitt at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. Ana’s studies with Vellard kindled her interest in the music of oral traditions. Together, they have been researching the Spanish repertoire. Ana is drawn to this type of music because of its richness and the keys that it offers for the interpretation of certain early music repertoires. The ensemble Vox Suavis in which she performs with Dominique Vellard and Baptiste Romain, is dedicated to this music.
Her recordings include Il primo libro de Francesca Caccini,(which was supported by Swiss National Radio) and La voz del olvido, recorded with Vox suavis on the French label Aparte. In this CD the 7 Cantigas de Amigo are framed by pieces from Spanish oral traditions.
In 2016 Ana founded a new ensemble with three other early music singers: Paloma Gutiérrez del Arroyo, June Telletxea and Anne Marie Lablaude. Named Cantaderas the group interprets traditional women’s’ vocal repertoire and accompanies themselves themselves on hand percussion ranging from frame drums to tables and chairs.
Ana Arnaz performs regularly in European festivals in Belgium, France (Festival de Musique Sacrée de Perpignan, Festival international du Thoronet), Holland (AMUZ), Germany (Uckermärkischen Musikwochen), Spain (Fundación Juan March, Festival Internacional del Camino de Santiago) and Switzerland with ensembles such as La Cecchina, Vox Suavis and Gilles Binchois. She has also performed with Ex Luce and other groups in the USA. She has given concerts of Spanish renaissance and baroque music at festivals such as the Houston Early Music Festival and the St. Gaudens Festival. She sings regularly in Switzerland with the Orchestra Crescendo performing later repertoire from Mendelssohn, Gounod, Fauré and Spohr.
An active instructor, Ana currently teaches early music singing at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since 2007 she has been teaching singing and directing the choir of the Solothurn Music School Leimental school. She also teaches singing at the Cistercian Monastery of Hauterive in Fribourg, Switzerland.
More information at: www.anaarnaz.com
Violinist, Colleen Jennings has been performing and teaching around the globe for many years. As a member of the Kammerorchester Basel in Switzerland and a resident there for 4 years, she toured extensively throughout Western Europe. She can be heard in the group on several CD’s including Beethoven Symphonies 1-2 with Giovanni Antonini and a recording of Modern Classical music with Christopher Hogwood and Emma Kirkby. Other orchestral performing highlights include a European tour with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra led by world renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, performing Vivaldi's 4 Seasons and Schubert's Death and the Maiden.
Currently, Colleen is a member of the Apple Hill String Quartet. Called “dashing and extraordinary” by The Strad Magazine, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire, neglected masterpieces, and music from around the world, as well as world premieres and commissioned pieces. As resident musicians and Co-Artistic Directors at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, winner of the 2016 CMAcclaim award from Chamber Music America, the Quartet serves as the Music Directors and core faculty for Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop attended by 300 students of diverse ages, levels, and backgrounds. During the regular concert season, in conjunction with Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace program, the Quartet performs concerts and conducts residencies locally in New Hampshire, nationally in major U.S. cities, and internationally around the globe in venues as diverse as the Ketermaya refugee camp outside of Beirut, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the Conservatorio National de Musica in Lima, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and UCLA. The Quartet has collaborated with members of the Brentano String Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble, Dorian Wind Quintet, Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo, New York Philharmonic, and Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI. Their most recent studio recording includes the premiere of Dana Lyn’s Suite for Fiddler and String Quartet, a revival of Ahmed Adnan Saygun’s String Quartet No. 1, and transcriptions of Purcell Fantasias.
Colleen is on the faculty at Smith College and also teaches privately and coaches chamber music. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Masters of Music degree from Rice University. In addition she received an Artist’s Diploma from the Schweizerischer Musikpädagogischer Verband in Basel, Switzerland. Her principal teachers include Sergiu Luca, Marilyn McDonald and Antonio Pellegrini.
More information at: www.colleenjennings.com