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Biography

Lena Susanne Norin, Randall Cook, Susanne Ansorg are the collaborators behind the 2007 release Triste plaisir. The following biographies are from the album liner notes:

Lena Susanne Norin was born in Stockholm where she studied classical singing and later developed a great interest in . In 1985 she went to the Schola Cantorum in Basel to study , , and with Dominique Vellard, Richard Levitt, and René Jacobs. She has appeared throughout the world in concerts and made recordings with the Ferrara Ensemble, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Sequentia, Cantus Cölln, René Jacobs, Hermann Max, and Philippe Herreweghe, among others. Lena Susanne Norin also sings other repertoire such as with her new ensemble ULV. She has performed the roles of Erda and Floshilde in Richard Wagner’s “Rheingold” at Stockholm’s Folk-opera, and frequently sung the alto parts in s, ranging from Bach to Bruckner. Today she teaches Baroque singing at the Stockholm Conservatory of Music.

Randall Cook, orginially from the United States of America, studied oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at Yale University. In 1977 he moved to Basel, Switzerland, to study viola da gamba with Jordi Savall and with Andrea von Rahm and Sterling Jones at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Since 1980 he has been on the faculty of the Schola, teaching medieval and . He is one fo the founding members of the Ferrara Ensemble and has often worked with Ensemble Gilles Binchois. He is also a founding member of The Earle his Viols, a Renaissance devoted to research into the earlier repertoire for gamba consort. Recently he apprenticed as an oboe maker with Bernhard Schermer, and is now the proud owner of the enterprise. His concerts have taken him throughout Europe, the Far East, and Japan. He has recorded for Virgin Records, Harmonia Mundi, Raumklang, Arcana, Astrée, and Erato.

Susanne Ansorg majored in German studies, and at the University of Leipzig, and studied medieval string instruments and medieval at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (in Basel, Switzerland) under Randall Cook and Crawford Young. She has performed throughout Europe, in North and South America, Japan, and Australia with many different ensembles for medieval music including Sequentia, Sarband, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Ordo Virtutum, and her own ensembles Belladonna and loculatores. She accompanies the singers Jalda Rebling of Berlin (who specializes in of the Middle Ages) and Maria Jonas of Cologne. A researcher in the fields of medieval organology and performance practice, she has also directed many medieval music workshops and other projects. Susanne Ansorg is the Artistic Director of the Montalbåne International Festival for Medieval Music.

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