La luth enchantée

Marion Fermé: recorder
Anna Kowalska: lute and baroque guitar
Anton Birula: lute and theorboLa luth enchantée

“La luth enchantée” or “The Magic Lute” is a chamber music project that originated in 2004 in the friendship between Anton Brirula and Anna Kowalska (Luteduo) on the one hand and Marion Fermé, the French flautist on the other. Their ensemble aims to bring out the graceful sound of the several recorders combined with the lutes. The name of the trio alludes to the resemblance between words flute and lute but also to a note by Johann Sebastian Bach, who signed the Lute Suite BWV 998 as “Suite pour la lute o cembal” doing thus a grammatical fault when confounding “le” and “la”. Their concerts devoted mainly to Johann Sebastian Bach’s music and French baroque repertoire have been successfully received by the public and critics at numerous festivals in Europe, among which the Festival Bach in Combrailles 2004 I. Europa Bach Festival 2005 (France), Viljandi Early Music Festival 2006 (Estonia), and in Germany: Flötenhof 2005, International Festival der Laute 2006, Mozartiade 2007, Güldener Herbst 2007, Ecclesia Concertante 2007 and 2008. In 2007 and 2008, they successfully presented  their English programme “The Theater of Music” partially with the singer Jana Mamonova at the Bad Arolder Barockfestspiele (Germany), Midis-Minimes (Belgium), Gmunder Festwochen (Austria) in 2008. In 2006 the ensemble made a concert tour in Russia supported by the French embassy.

La luth enchantée has recorded a first CD entitled “Suites & Correspondances – Bach, Couperin, Dieupart, de Visée”.

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Anna Kowalska

Anna Kowalska studied the lute with Toyohiko Satoh and Nigel North at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, in The Netherlands. Having been educated as a classical guitarist as well, Anna has covered a vast repertoire from the Renaissance to late Baroque including 19th century repertoire for historical guitar.
As a continuo player she works with different soloists and ensemble in Poland and Russia. She performs regularly as a part of Luteduo.

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Anton Birula

Anton Birula studied the lute with Prof. Toyohiko Satoh at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague and with Prof. Konrad Junghaenel at the Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne. With his concentration on the extant solo literature for the baroque lute Anton Birula has performed numerous lute recitals featuring music of J.S.Bach, S.L. Weiss and the French lutenists.
Anton has worked with soloists such as Wladyslaw Klosiewicz (harpsichord), Nigel Kennedy (violin), Emma Kirkby (soprano), Marek Toporowski (harpsichord), Olga Paiecznik (soprano). During his long engagement at the Warsaw Chamber Opera Anton has participated in the performances of all works of Claudio Monteverdi as well as operas by Pieri, Caccini, Landi, Scarlatti.

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Jana Mamonova

Jana Mamonova graduated from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory. She has been the soloist of the Novosibirsk state Philharmony since 1996. While being involved with the masterworks of traditional operatic repertoire, Jana Mamonova also discovered a real passion for the Renaissance and Baroque music. She has been working regularly and for several years with the ensembles Marklelov Voices  and Insula Magica. Beside early and baroque music, Jana still pays great attention to classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire. She has sung several times under the conducting of René Jacob. Jana’s concert activity has brought her all over the Russian Federation as well as Europe and Brasil.

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