Cellist, gambist, continuo player par excellence, Susie Napper is alternatively praised or admonished for her colourful and controversial performances of solo and chamber repertoire of the baroque. Characterized by rubato, general freedom of expression, variety of bow strokes and undying preference for harmony over melody, she constantly searches for rhetorical meaning and eloquence to bring the printed page to life. Susie Napper was recognized as Femme de Mérite, ( YWCA 2011) and Personality of the year, Prix Opus, in 2002.
Matthias Maute has carved out an impressive international reputation for himself not only as one of the great recorder and baroque flute virtuosos of his generation but also as a composer and conductor. Since winning first prize in the soloist category at the prestigious Bruges Early Music Competition in 1990, he has led a highly successful career as a recorder and baroque flute soloist. He made his debut in New York’s Lincoln Center in 2008 and has twice been the featured soloist for the Boston Early Music Festival.