Maria
Antonia
Riezu

Historical horns

& Dancing

Short Biography

“The gipsy of the Early Music” (H. Heurisen, Dec 2015), Mariantonia Riezu is a musician based in Holland. Her musical journey began at the early age of four, as a bag-piper in “Castro Bergidum”, in Ponferrada (El Bierzo, Spain). As a natural horn player, she has performed with orchestras around Europe and Russia, performing regularly with Eighteen Century Orchestra, and other groups as Musica Amphion, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAEE 2015), Collegium 1704, Niuewe Philarmonie Utrecht, Apollo Ensemble, Oxford Bach Soloist Ensemble, Die Kölner Akademie, Symphonie Atlantique, Musica Viva (Moscow) or Orquestra Monsalvat (Spain) among others. Mariantonia feels home as a soloist, making her concerto debut as a soloist at the “XI Festival de Música Antigua Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife” in 2013. Since then she has performed as soloist horn concertos with orchestras as the Telemannisches Collegium Michaelstein (Germany) and Apollo Ensemble (The Netherlands). She was the winner of the Monteverdi Choir Apprentice 2017 under the baton of John Eliot Gardiner, and she was also part of the 2015 Experience Scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

She is extremely passionate about chamber music playing, performing throughout the Netherlands, Germany and Spain with many different ensembles. She performs regularly with her chamber music ensembles: "Musica Aurensiana", her string quartet with natural horn; Harmoniemusic group, "Silberklang"; wind quintet, "Exquisito Ensemble"; and with her duo partner, pianoforte player Artem Belogurov. She also performs with many other chamber music ensembles regularly.


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Detailed Biography

Tonia’s musical journey began at the early age of four, as a bag-piper in “Castro Bergidum”, in Ponferrada (El Bierzo, Spain), a traditional bag-pipe band. Her French horn studies began later under the guidance of Jesus Martinez, who introduced her a whole world of new musical possibilities with this new instrument. In 2004, Tonia moved to Madrid to continue her horn studies with Manuel A. Fdez. She then moved to Castellón de la Plana where she obtained her Bachelor´s diploma as a student of Vicente Navarro in 2011. After graduating, Tonia became interested in cultural management, an interest which she very successfully pursued, starting her management activities with the Orquesta de Cámara de Valencia, and later working with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Wbm Colombia, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht and Festival de música Antigua Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, among others. In 2013, Tonia received a master’s degree in Cultural Management from the renowned Universidad Complutense de Madrid and ICCMU.

Tonia’s interest in the natural horn began almost coincidentally. While she was working as a manager, she remained in contact with her former horn teachers, all of whom were active as natural horn players in Spain. As she became familiar with the instrument, her curiosity grew, and she began to explore the sound possibilities of the natural horn herself. She enrolled as a natural horn student at the Castellón de la Plana and received her bachelor’s degree in natural horn in 2013. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Spain, Tonia was accepted as a master’s student in natural horn at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She received her degree in 2015, after two transformative years of studies with Maestro Teunis van der Zwart. Throughout the years, Tonia has also received invaluable guidance from many wonderful musicians. These include horn players, David Fernández, Anneke Scott, Erwin Wieringa, Stefan Blonk, Rudi Korp, Pip Eastop, Martin Lawrence and Raul Diaz.


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Dancing ... Musicking

Maria Antonia is a professional musician from Spain who has always been involved in different styles of social and traditional dancing. In 2015 she discovered the world of Swing dancing, proving to her that social partner dancing is the best way to express her creativity without any other external musical instrument. She dove into Lindy Hop, Charleston and Shag among other styles, but Collegiate Shag conquered her heart. She has learnt from world-renowned Shag dancers and keeps working to master her personal style, attending international Shag and Lindy Hop festivals. Since she began with the bagpipe playing at the early age of 4, she has been delving into learning and understanding the process and the factors involved in musical expressivity. On her dancing she loves to analyze and apply that knowledge to make the body be the perfect device for expressivity; musicking whilst having fun.


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Original Classique Courtois

Circa 1820. COURTOIS NEVEU AÎNÉ (Paris)

Baroque Horn

Daniel Kunst (2014)

Classique Horn Raoux

Copy by Andreas Jungwirth, Circa 1990

Piston Horn Cuesnon

Cession by Jorge Rentería. “Exposition Universelle de Paris. Hors Concours. Membre du Jury” (1934)

Original Mouthpiece

Circa 1850. France

Double Engelbert Schmid

Double horn Bb/F with A-stopping valve. (2001)