I believe deeply in the timbral possibilities of the natural horn and its wide range of colors and characters. It is the perfect channel for my musical expression.
Historical performance practice is, for me, the optimal way to discover different musical traditions, reviving these musical traditions through experimentation with period instruments and knowledge gathered from historical sources.
“The gypsy 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, including Eighteen Century Orchestra, 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 or Orquestra Monsalvat among others. Mariantonia feels home as 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 (Netehrlands). 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 perform regularly with her chamber music ensembles: Musica Aurensiana, her string quartet with natural horn; wind quintet, Exquisito Ensemble; and with her duo partner, pianoforte player Artem Belogurov. She also performs with many other chamber music ensembles regularly.
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.
Circa 1820. COURTOIS NEVEU AÎNÉ (Paris)
Daniel Kunst (2014)
Copy by Andreas Jungwirth, Circa 1990
Cession by Jorge Rentería. “Exposition Universelle de Paris. Hors Concours. Membre du Jury” (1934)
Circa 1850. France
Double horn Bb/F with A-stopping valve. (2001)