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Israel Golani graduated cum laude in Musicology from Tel-Aviv University in 1997. His interest in historical plucked instruments quickly led him to the Renaissance lute, and he subsequently studied with Fred Jacobs at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, as well as with Elisabeth Kenny at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he honed his skills as a theorbo player. He was recently engaged as guest coach with Opera Studio Nederland, and performs with many of the leading early-music ensembles in The Netherlands and abroad, such as the Renaissance groups Royal Wind Music and Ensemble Corona, as well as being invited as a Baroque specialist by the Flemish Opera (Handel), the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Bach), Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Locke) and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Purcell) among others. Israel is increasingly asked as a theorbo-player by some of the country’s leading soloists, and has developed a particular prowess in 17th-century vocal accompaniment. He has lived in Amsterdam since 1997.

Vaughan Schlepp was awarded the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees magna cum laude in piano from the Eastman School of Music in New York, after which he moved to the Netherlands to study harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt. He has given innumerable concerts, lectures and master-classes, as well as contributed to many radio, television and CD recordings throughout the world as harpsichordist, continuo-organist and (forte)pianist. He has also been invited to accompany such varied artists as Anner Bijlsma, Barbara Schlick, Max von Egmond and Lucy van Dael. Besides his work in the world of Early Music, Vaughan is actively involved with contemporary music and theatre. He lives – together with his extensive collection of historical keyboard instruments – in Amsterdam.