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The songs played on this site are part of the album Antonio Vivaldi - Cello Concertos. The brilliant performance of Roel Dieltiens and Ensemble Explorations offers us a unique travel experience through the masks of Arte di Venezia. My heartfelt thanks to Roel for giving me the rights to play the tracks from the album.
The cellist Roel Dieltiens studied in Antwerp and Detmold. He swiftly made a name for himself on the international scene and is now regarded as an authority on both modern and Baroque cello. His strong personality, overwhelming musicality and unconventional approach took him right from the beginning of his career to all the world’s great concert centres (Paris, Berlin, London, New York, Moscow, Tokyo). He has also gained international recognition as a chamber musician and founder of the celebrated Ensemble Explorations.
Sérgio has been engaged in art research since 1981. He is a sculptor, painter of canvas, frescoes, murals painting and ceramic panels, specialist in painting techniques by Ensb-A of Paris.
He teaches composition of artwork, subject he learned at the Louvre, and anatomy for artists. He is a sacred muralist artist, researcher of Byzantine iconography techniques, draftsman, portraiture, printmaker, stained glass artist, author of books and online courses, aimed at sharing technical knowledge and art crafts.
Based in the Wine Country of Northern California, poet and novelist Barbara Quick has a special affinity for the splendor, pageantry and history of Venice. La Serenissima provided the characters and setting for her acclaimed 2007 novel, Vivaldi's Virgins, which has been translated into 12 languages, is still in print and was brought out in 2020 as an audiobook. Vivaldi's Virgins tells the story of the 18th century musical prodigy Anna Maria dal Violin, a foundling of the cloistered Ospedale della Pietà, where Antonio Vivaldi was resident priest and composer.
Emily Ferrara is an award-winning poet and author of The Alchemy of Grief. She is an affiliate faculty member at University of Massachusetts Medical School where she has taught creative writing to medical students. Emily is founder and curator of the virtual Global Quarantine Museum, and editor of the Pendemics Arts and Literary Journal, an e-journal she launched during the COVID-19 crisis. The inaugural issue of the journal on the theme “Masked”, with the participation of Lih Steiner, can be viewed here: