New Ensemblists 2024-26

Arcangelo New Ensemblists 2024-26

Leo Appel

Violin
Biography

Leo Appel is a graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge and is currently studying on the Soloist Masters course at the Musik Akademie Basel with Barbara Doll and Baroque Violin with Amandine Beyer. 

Leo performs as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe and this year has enjoyed regular appearances with Danish Chamber Collective the Esbjerg Ensemble. He held an Academist position with Kammerorchester Basel for the 2022–2023 season and has been awarded the Julius Isserlis prize by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

At Cambridge, Leo directed a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion from the violin. In 2019–2020, he conceived and directed two sold-out concert series of Judeo-Spanish and Judeo-Arabic music.

Leo has worked with and participated in masterclasses with artists including Robert Levin, Maxim Vengerov, Andreas Staier, Leonidas Kavakos, Steven Isserlis, and Tabea Zimmermann. He has upcoming engagements at festivals including IMS Prussia Cove, Marlboro, and Yellow Barn.

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It’s extremely important to me at the moment that I play and work with inspiring musicians. I learn best through direct interactions and music making and the New Ensemblists scheme will provide an essential place for me to do just that. 

 

One of things I’m most excited for are the workshops with Jonny and members of Arcangelo. These are musicians that I have looked up to in my Baroque training and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to learn from, record, and perform alongside them. 

 

I was absolutely thrilled when I got the invitation to join the programme, not least because I am about to embark on my final year of formal studies in Basel. To have this brilliant scheme to look forward to over the next two years is fantastic.”

Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro

Violin
Biography

Violinist Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro, native of Birmingham, Alabama, is a community-based artist living in New York City. Raised in a family of music lovers, Carmen embarked on her musical journey with jam sessions in the living room and eventually found her way to the world of historical performance. She’s had the opportunity to work with renowned early music figures such as Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Reggie Mobley, Jonathan Cohen, Rachel Podger, Richard Egarr, Lionel Meunier, among many others. Carmen’s 2023/24 season includes performances with the Handel & Haydn Society, Twelfth Night, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Repast Baroque, Washington Bach Consort, Staunton Music Festival, and more. Beyond performing, Carmen’s commitment to community engagement has led to years of nonprofit work in schools, shelters, hospitals, and detention centers across the world. Carmen holds degrees from The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music, where she was a Lois Rogers and Links Scholar. Carmen is also a serious popcorn addict, podcast junkie, dog lover, and gym rat!

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Entry quote from Carmen

Jaume Pueyo Solà

Viola
Biography

Jaume Pueyo Solà was born in Barcelona. He began playing the violin as a child, actively returning to his studies at the age of 20 and taking his Bachelor’s degree in violin at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu in Barcelona with Dani Cubero. Having also developed a strong interest in playing the viola, he is currently studying for his Master’s degree on a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London with Bryony Gibson. During his studies, he has had the opportunity to receive tuition from musicians including Catherine Manson, Michael Gurevich, Lukas Hagen, Gordan Nikolic, David Quiggle, Richard Lester and Ana Puig. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra from 2020-23, touring across Europe, and was also invited as a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Academy from 2021-2023. 

Hailing from the world of modern symphonic orchestras and ensembles, in recent years Jaume has developed a growing interest in historically informed performance of  baroque and classical repertoire in which he has now found his true vocation. A passionate chamber musician, he has enjoyed playing with groups including Camerata Bern and the Agon ensemble. 

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In terms of progression and career development I think that right now it is very important for me to get a lot of experience playing with musicians already established in the early music scene and to be able to learn while working with them, and hopefully meet more groups that share this feeling and way to make and live music. I also think it can help me gain visibility and be able to continue growing both musically and professionally.

 

Being invited to play as a New Ensemblist has been a great joy and a strong motivation because Acangelo was and currently is my reference ensemble . After being invited to record with the ensemble and Nicolas Alstaedt and to do a tour with them I clearly saw that Arcangelo was the ideal group of people to be able to continue evolving as a musician. 

 

Jonny and the whole group create a music-making dynamic that is very fun, joyful and with a great level of spontaneity. I am very grateful to be able to play regularly for the next two years with the group and especially with Jonny, who has been a great source of inspiration and allowed me to find a great musical imagination in myself.

Martin Egidi

Cello
Biography

Martin Egidi is part of the new generation of versatile musicians who embrace the vast spectrum from ancient to contemporary music. Born in Lausanne, he studied with renowned teachers such as Patrick Demenga, Stephan Forck or Danjulo Ishizaka and on baroque cello with Christophe Coin. In 2019, he won the Migros Cultural Percentage and became part of the concert placement program of the same institution. Since a young age, Martin has appeared in various festivals in Switzerland and abroad, including the Davos Festival, Hirzenberg Festival, Musikdorf Ernen, Altstadtserenaden Basel or the Swiss Chamber Music Festival in Adelboden. He can be heard performing with various chamber music ensembles, including a duo with percussionist Augustin Lipp, the Opalio Piano Quintet, and the Ensemble Zeitgeist or in orchestras such as Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble and the Kammerorchester Basel.

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“After finishing my studies in Basel, it is very important for me to simply play as much as possible. Arcangelo is such a great place to gather experience as a continuo player in this fantastic ensemble and to meet new people. Also, as a passionate chamber musician, I’m very excited about the New Ensemblists program and look forward to sharing music and moments with this freshly created group of young players!”

Francisco Javier Sánchez Castillo

Bassoon
Biography

Francisco Javier Sánchez Castillo was born in Jaén (Spain). He studied for his bachelor’s degree in modern bassoon at the Conservatory of Music of Castilla y León with Álvaro Prieto. He studied for his master’s degree in modern bassoon at Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with Bram van Sambeek, combined with a minor in baroque bassoon. later commencing a bachelor’s degree in Early Music at the same conservatory with Donna Agrell. He has received tuition from Sergio Azzolini, Benny Aghassi, Lucia Swarts, Frank de Bruine, Alfredo Bernardini, Teunis van der Zwart and Eric Hoeprich among others. He has played in orchestras including Bremer Barock Orchester, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, and La Sorpresa, and has participated in education projects with Theresia Orchestra, Jeune Orchestre Baroque Européen, and the Academy of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

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I see music as similar to dialectics, you need to understand the language. That’s why for me it is essential to cultivate creativity and acquire a musical education, which is vital for shaping opinions based on knowledge and experience to truly resonate with the listener.

 

To be immersed in an atmosphere full of new ideas with a professional ensemble such as Arcangelo with leading musicians and with the great promotional opportunities provided by the programme could help me to develop and expand my approach to music.

 

Being selected to the New Ensemblists has given me feel a strong sense of self-assurance that the way I have been following so far was indeed the right one.

Programme supporters

The Arcangelo New Ensemblists 2024-26 programme is generously supported by Clive Potter and Harry Lee.