Ensemble OrQuesta

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Artistic Director / Music Director / Stage Director / Conductor: Born in Brazil, Marcio da Silva studied singing, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, France. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany, and was subsequently awarded a Masters Degree in conducting from the Royal College of Music, London. Marcio was Music and Stage Director of Woodhouse Opera, and is the founder of the Ensemble OrQuesta. He is also music director of the Grange Choral Society, and Artistic Director of the Hastings Philharmonic. As Stage and Music director for Woodhouse Opera and Ensemble OrQuessta he has directed over 20 operas. Marcio is also an active chamber music singer. Most recently he performed Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Schubert’s Winterreise and Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel. 


Music Director / Harpsichordist / Pianist / Conductor: American pianist and harpsichordist Stephanie Gurga completed studies in piano and organ at DePauw University, Indiana, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, before specializing in performance practice on historical keyboards.  She went on to complete a Künstlerische Ausbildung in harpsichord performance, as well as a Masters Degree in fortepiano performance, from the Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg, Germany. Featured internationally as a soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician, on harpsichord, fortepiano, and modern piano, she has been on the staff as accompanist at the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg, and the Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2010. Stephanie Gurga has been part of the Ensemble OrQuesta team since it’s creation in 2014. Since then she has acted as co-music director, harpsichordist or coach for Les Indes Galantes (2014), Armide (2016), La Calisto (2016), Dido and Aeneas (2016, 2018), Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra (2016), La Calisto (2016), Don Giovanni (2017), Hippolyte et Aricie (2017), Xerse (2018), Cosi fan Tutte (2018), Acis and Galatea (2018), Merlin (2018), L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2017, 2019), Alcina (2019).

Music Director / Harpsichordist / Pianist / Conductor: The Northern Irish German pianist, harpsichordist and conductor was born in Germany in 1992. While still at school he was awarded several prizes as a pianist and studied Church Music at the HfK Rottenburg. In 2011 he began his degree in music at the HfM Freiburg and parallel to that in 2015 his degree in orchestral conducting under the guidance of Scott Sandmeier, Massimiliano Matesic and Lutz Köhler, qualifying with first class honours and subsequently becoming a lecturer there.

During his studies in Freiburg he distinguished himself as an expert on opera, working and conducting at the opera school and theatre in Freiburg, the Wilhelma Theater Stuttgart, the Festival International de Música de Canarias, the Lotte Lehman Woche/Akademie and La Palma Música. He founded the orchestra con.espressione and became the artistic director of the Kammerorchester Landwasser.

In Germany he conducted Alcina, Die Flut, Spring Awakening, The Addams Family, Shockheaded Peter and the premières of The Cabalist of East Broadway and Malina. With EnsembleOrQuesta he has worked as a conductor and harpsichordist for Hippolyte et Aricie (2019), La Calisto (2020) and Euridice (2020).


Singer / Production Manager: Helen May is a lyric soprano, currently studying for a Masters in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, under Nuccia Focile. She benefits from private teaching with Marcio da Silva, and the generous support of the William Gibbs Educational Trust. Helen has recently created the role of Nimue in the premiere of Merlin by Keith Beal, (Hastings Philharmonic); performed as soloist in the premiere of Orlando Gough's Bayeux; created the role of Ruth in the world premiere of The Three Wayfarers, (Opera Anywhere); provided solo vocals for a multi-award winning short film [ APEX ] produced by Numinous Pictures; created the role of Aisha in the premiere of Lizzie Strata's Sex Strike (Oxfordshire Contemporary Opera); and covered the role of Aurora in the premiere of Noah Mosley's opera Aurora, (Bury Court Opera). With Ensemble OrQuesta she has performed La Gloire/Melisse in Armide, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Calisto in La Calisto, Diane in Hippolyte et Aricie, Galatea in Acis and Galatea, Amastre in Xerse, Nimue in Merlin, Nerone in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Pamina in Magic Flute and Alcina in Alcina.

Lutenist / Baroque Guitarist: Swiss lutenist Cédric Meyer was first trained as a classical guitarist at the University of Music Lausanne, and then at the Geneva University of Music. Subsequently he received training on traditional plucked instruments, including the lute and baroque guitar. He performs in a variety of musical projects on modern and historical instruments, as soloist, chamber musician and basso continuo player, in Switzerland, France, Italy, England, Brazil and the UK. Alongside his artistic activities, Cédric Meyer teaches at the Conservatoire Cantonal du Valais and at the Ecole de Musique de Pully (Switzerland).
With Ensemble OrQuesta he has performed in Dido and Aeneas (2016, 2018), Armide (2017), Acis and Galatea (2018), Xerse (2018) and L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2017, 2019), Alcina (2019) and Hippolyte et Aricie (2019).

Conductor: Brazilian conductor Neylson Crepalde has attended masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Ragnar Bohlin, Kenneth Kiesler, Marcio da Silva, Roberto Tibiriçá, Osvaldo Ferreira and many others. He studied conducting at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil. He is also music professor at Technological Methodist University Izabela Hendrix (Brazil) and Head of Music Department.  Neylson is also a trained singer and classical guitarist.  

With Ensemble OrQuesta he has acted as  conductor for L'Incoronazione di Poppea (2015), Dido and Aeneas (2016), Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra (2016), Don Giovanni (2017), Cosi fan Tutte (2018) and Magic Flute (2019). 

Assistant Stage Director: Graduating in European Theatre Arts from Rose Bruford College in 2015, Benjamin Riedel has toured his self-devised show One Man and His Dog (part of a ’Drunken Chorus’) across London and surrounding areas. He has also acted as dramaturge for Peace love and solidarity! (2017), a debut cross-platform performance initiated by British Intervention.
For Ensemble OrQuesta he has worked on the productions of Armide (2017), Xerse (2018) and Hippolyte et Aricie (2019).