Winds

Diego Nadra moved from Argentina to The Netherlands in 1997 to study baroque oboe at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Since then, Diego has become one of Europe's most sought-after orchestral and solo players of the new generation. He has worked with virtually all the leading ensembles, and was first oboe in Musica Antiqua Köln for the group’s final 3 years). He lives in The Hague.

Born in Brazil, baroque-oboist Gilberto Caserio obtained the diploma from the State University in 1998. In 1999 he furthered his studies at The Hague Royal Conservatory, receiving the Master of Music degree in June. Since coming to Europe he has built up a very busy career, playing with numerous ensembles all over the world, including Musica Amphion, New Dutch Academy, La Cetra Basel, Concerto Copenhagen, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Musiciens du Louvre and Bach Collegium Japan, among many others. Beto currently lives in The Hague.

Mario Topper has a special interest in the history of larger oboes and their repertoire, and a particular penchant for the 17th-century french oboe-band. Frequently asked to perform with early-music orchestras in The Netherlands, Mario also finds time to teach mathematics, and search out and make editions of little-known works for oboe, including recently the virtuoso sonatas of Handel’s oboist Giuseppe Sammartini. Mario lives in Utrecht.

Benny Aghassi, born in Israel, studied recorder at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, where he won several competitions, including the Woodwind Concerto Competition and the Early Music Competition. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and completed his Masters degree cum laude at the Conservatory of Utrecht. Since completing his studies, Benny has performed with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and is currently a regular member of many of Europe’s leading early-music ensembles, including the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Al Ayre Español, the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, B’Rock, Musica ad Rhenum, Holland Baroque Society and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, as well as the chamber group Mezzaluna. Benny received an ongoing grant from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (1997-2005), and has won various early-music performance prizes in Israel in recent years. He lives in The Hague, and teaches historical bassoon at Amsterdam Conservatory.