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recorder player, teacher, researcher
Born in 1983 in Rio de Janeiro, recorder player Inês d'Avena (Inês de Avena Braga) specializes in the research and performance of Neapolitan Baroque Music. She has also been passionately working on the revival of forgotten Italian Baroque recorders, commissioning copies and premiering the instruments in concerts and recordings. Inês is praised for her refinement, virtuosism and unique timbre, and is known for blending these qualities as a performer with her engaging work as a researcher and teacher.
Inês is the artistic director of La Cicala and co-founder of the duo Inês d'Avena & Claudio Ribeiro, New Collegium, and Schifanoia. She performs regularly as a soloist and in chamber and orchestral formations throughout Europe, Asia, Peru and her native Brazil, with ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman. She has won international prizes in Early Music at the International Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli (2010), Premio Bonporti (2011) and Van Wassenaer Competition (2016), both as a soloist and with her ensembles. Inês has recorded for Passacaille, Challenge Classics, ORF Edition Alte Musik, Channel Classics, Ramée/Outhere and Sony Classical, winning awards such as Diapason d'Or (July 2019) and Toccata CD des Monats (October 2019).
Inês holds a PhD in Music from Leiden University and Bachelor's, Master's and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She has had scholarly articles, essays and reviews published at the prestigious Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, Recercare, Tibia, Early Music America Magazine, Music+Practice and Blokfluitist. She was a resident academic researcher at the Cini Foundation/Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi in 2016 (thanks to a 'Vilma & Olivo Andreazza' scholarship) and in 2018 enjoyed an artistic residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation, both in Venice. Since 2012, Inês is a Teacher and Research Supervisor for the Master Program of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where in 2019 she was asked to take the position of ad interim Educational Coordinator of the Early Music Department. Inês has been invited to teach masterclasses at Royal College of Music in London, Universidad Nacional de Música in Lima and at the Festival Internacional de Música Antiga e Música Colonial Brasileira, organized by the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora.
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