Sir Simon Denis Rattle, (born January 19, 1955) is an English conductor. He rose to prominence as conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is currently principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic (BPO).
The Monteverdi Choir was founded in 1964 by Sir John Eliot Gardiner for a performance of the Monteverdi Vespers (1610) in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. A specialist Baroque ensemble, the Choir has become famous for its stylistic conviction and extensive repertoire, encompassing music from the early Baroque period to Classical music of the 20th century.
Marc Minkowski is a French conductor of mostly Baroque works and French Neoclassical music, born in Paris in 1962. His father was Alexandre Minkowski. Marc Minkowski is a Chevalier du Mérite.
He began his musical career as a bassoonist for either René Clemencic's Clemencic Consort or Philippe Pierlot's Ricercar Consort.
Sergio Azzolini (* 1967 in Bolzano ) is an Italian bassoonist . He studied from 1978 to 1985 with Romano Santi at Monteverdi Conservatory in Bolzano and then at the Hannover University of Music in Klaus Thunemann .
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (born November 5, 1940, died July 21, 2010) was an English tenor singer. Born in Tackley, he studied with Ellis Keeler and Vera Rosza at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He first appeared in opera in the chorus and in small roles at the Glyndebourne Festival between 1972 and 1976. His major operatic debut was in Iolanthe in 1973 with the English Opera Group.
Malcolm Martineau (born February 3, 1960) is a Scottish pianist. Born in Edinburgh, and educated at George Watson's College, Malcolm Martineau read Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. In 1981 he went on to study at the Royal College of Music and currently studies with Joyce Rathbone.
La Petite Bande is a Belgian baroque orchestra founded in 1972 by Sigiswald Kuijken at the request of the record company Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in order to record Jean-Baptiste Lully's "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme", under the direction of Gustav Leonhardt.