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INTRODUCING INTERNATIONAL BAROQUE CONSORT

The International Baroque Consort is a donation based Historically Informed Performance chamber ensemble that performs internationally. We consist of four members in the specific combination of harpsichord, baroque cello, natural trumpet, and vocalist, and occasionally collaborate with other groups and ensembles to participate in larger scale performances. All members of the ensemble are international performers and respected musicians with extensive education backgrounds in performance, always carrying a passion for music and the arts. The IBC is dedicated to giving performances that are historically accurate, engaging, inclusive, and educational, as well as providing masterclasses and music education enrichment classes for children, young adults, and professionals that may or may not be able to afford something like this normally. This is because we believe that music education and formal music performance should be available to everyone, as music is an essential part of the development and stability of the human mind, and life as a whole. The IBC formed in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic amongst friends and colleagues to show that music can be made with anyone no matter where you are, and we hope to inspire musicians to connect with others around the world to create something special and bring people together through music. Recently, the IBC has done a tour in the United States, one of the portions being labeled as the featured artist through the Historic Brass Society for the North American Baroque Trumpet Competition, with the addition of a masterclass in new ensemble formation and ensemble skills.

VICTORIA ARMILLOTTA

Soprano

British-Italian soprano Victoria Armillotta is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music where she gained a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree. She will continue her musical training at the Royal Academy of Music on their competitive Postgraduate course in September 2021. Operatic highlights include playing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Berlin Opera Academy, Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème with Leeds Youth Opera and Malice in the RNCM’s production of Vaughan William’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. On the concert platform she has appeared on German television as an operatic soloist in Fête de la Musique Berlin and has performed as a chorister in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms alongside the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber which was broadcasted on BBC Radio 3. A passionate chamber musician, Victoria regularly performs with her ensemble Stella Maris Trio around the UK and also with the newly formed International Baroque Consort. Her repertoire spans from early music to the 21st century and she has also premiered several contemporary compositions.

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MARINA SANCHEZ CABELLO

Cello

Marina Sánchez Cabello studied at the Conservatory in Granada and finished her Masters in cello performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Marina has played with Granada City Orchestra, the BBC SSO, The RSNO and Scottish Ensemble as part of their Side-by-Side and apprenticeship schemes. Marina has been part of Live Music Now, playing in venues around Scotland. She has performed in chamber music series including the New Lanark Heritage Centre, Knowle Green Village Hall (Preston), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Festival of Music and Dance (Granada), and Aberdeen International Youth Festival. She has played with several baroque orchestras including The Kellie Consort touring around Scotland. She has recently participated in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme working with musicians from Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe. She has also played in the Alderbugh Festival being coached by Lionel Meunier from Vox Luminis. Marina is currently a member of the Avanti piano trio, with which she has performed in different venues around Aberdeen, participated in a residency organized by Enterprise Music Scotland and created some educational projects. She is now working for El Sistema Big Noise and for Music Centre as part of the Junior Conservatoire teaching lower strings.

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TIMOTHY DZIDA

Trumpet

Timothy Dzida is a professional modern and natural trumpet player based in Denver, Colorado. He completed his Bachelor's in Music Performance at Sul Ross State University, then pursued and completed a Master's in Performance from the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. Timothy has been a part of and organized numerous different chamber ensembles such as the Concordia Brass Ensemble, Yellow Rose Brass Ensemble, Presto Brass Trio, The Quintuplets Quintet, and most recently established the International Baroque Consort with colleagues Ben Maloney, Marina Sanchez Cabello, and Victoria Armillotta. Timothy has also played with numerous different ensembles throughout his professional career, including first trumpet for famed composer Frank Tichelli for the Collegiate Band Director's National Association Conference in 2018, and opened a performance for Wynton Marsalis with the Midland College Jazz Band in 2015. It was not until his Master's that he developed an appreciation for historical performance and decided to take up the baroque trumpet professionally as well. Since the beginning of his Master's, Timothy has been a natural trumpet player for numerous RNCM ensembles, and principal natural trumpet for the RNCM baroque brass ensemble, the Kellie Consort in Scotland, and now the International Baroque Consort. He has also done numerous solo performances with natural trumpet at places such as Manchester Cathedral, Basilica Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, and Holy Name Church in Manchester. Most recently, in 2020, Timothy gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education with Specialist Instrumental Teaching from Manchester Metropolitan University and RNCM partnership, and spends his additional time, when he is not performing, teaching general music in Denver, frequently collaborates with other local and international musicians, and gives private trumpet and music theory lessons to individuals of all levels on a regular basis online and in person

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TIFFANY VONG

Harpsichord and Continuo

Tiffany Vong is currently based in Glasgow, Scotland, and is active as a recitalist, accompanist, continuo player, choral conductor/vocal leader, and instrumental teacher. Tiffany has recently been appointed to the position of Organist and Director of Music of Jordanhill Parish Church, where she directs the Church, Community and Liturgical choirs.

 Originally from Hong Kong, Tiffany was organ scholar at Glenalmond College, Perthshire, Oriel College, University of Oxford, and University of Glasgow. She studied organ with Robert Gower, Matthew Beetschen, and Stephen Farr, and choral conducting with Paul Spicer. She currently studies organ with David Hamilton and harpsichord with Jan Waterfield. Tiffany completed a Master of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she was generously supported by scholarships from the RCS Trust and ABRSM, studying principal study organ and second study harpsichord. Tiffany was highly commended for the Governors’ Recital Prize for Keyboard and commended for the Bach Prize. She was awarded the Agnes Miller Harmony and Counterpoint Prize and the British Reserve Insurance Prize for Early Music. She completed a Master of Music in Historically Informed Performance Practice at the University of Glasgow and RCS under the supervision of John Butt. Tiffany works as a Musical Director and accompanist for various groups, including Cunninghame Choir, Kelvin Choir, and the University of Glasgow Choral Society. She directed the University of Glasgow Opera Society in a production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Timon of Athens in 2019 from the harpsichord. She frequently collaborates with other musicians, previously performing with the Caccini Ensemble, Kellie Consort and NYOS Camerata. Tiffany is the Choral Music Assistant at St Aloysius' College, Glasgow, where she coaches choristers and directs the Schola Nova. She is also the Vice-President of the Glasgow Society of Organists and an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. 

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