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 has performed as soloist and in chamber and orchestral formations throughout The Netherlands, France, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Iceland, Turkey, Poland, Japan, Korea, Russia and her native Brazil, with ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman. In 2006, she co-founded COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag, a baroque orchestra directed by Claudio Ribeiro, which recorded two CDs for ORF Edition Alte Musik, and a third independent album released in 2015. In 2010, she was the winner of the II International Competition Prince Francesco Maria Ruspoli, and the year after, her duo with Claudio Ribeiro won the 2nd prize at the prestigious Premio Bonporti. Inês is also a member of Schifanoia, a recorder duet with Isabel Favilla that in its debut year was one of the 8 ensembles selected for the International Young Artists Presentation - 2009 Laus Polyphoniae festival in Antwerp. Schifanoia released an independent CD in May 2014, after a successful international crowdfunding campaign. In 2011, Inês created La Cicala, her ensemble dedicated uniquely to the research and performance of Neapolitan Baroque Music. In its first season, the ensemble received honorable mention at the Fringe public award of the prestigious Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht 2012. In 2018, La Cicala was invited for a tour of the Netherlands for the Season Concert Series of the prestegious Utrecht Early Music Festival. La Cicala’s debut CD, "Dolce Napoli: sonate & concerti per flauto" was released by Belgian label Passacaile. Since the release in February 2015, the CD has been receiving very positive international reviews. The ensemble's second album "Naples 1759", released in October 2015 by the same label, was equally well-received by the specialized press. Inês was also an award winner at the International Van Wassenaer Competition 2016 as a member of COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag (second prize ex-aequo).
Inês has been playing the recorder since the age of four. In order to pursuit studies in Early Music, she moved to The Netherlands in 2001 to study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. In 2005 Inês received her Bachelor Degree in Music (under the orientation of Reine-Marie Verhagen) and also the teaching diploma and in 2007 the Master Degree (under the orientation of Sébastien Marq, with musicological research on Naples and the recorder in the early 18th century supervised by Peter van Heyghen). In 2012, Inês was one of the recipients of a William E. Gribbon Memorial Award, awarded by AMIS. Inês holds a PhD in Music from Leiden University, from where she graduated in 2015 with the thesis DOLCE NAPOLI: Approaches for performance. Recorders for the Neapolitan Baroque repertoire, 1695-1759, supervised by Prof. dr. h.c. Ton Koopman, Prof. Frans de Ruiter, Prof. dr. Dinko Fabris and Peter van Heyghen. From September 2012 until August 2015, Inês held a prestigious PhD scholarship by the CAPES Foundation - Ministry of Education of Brazil. Inês has had scholarly articles published at the prestigious Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, Music+Practice and Recercare. Since 2012 she is a Guest Teacher and Research Supervisor for the Master Program of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Thanks to a 'Vilma & Olivo Andreazza' scholarship, Inês was a resident researcher at the Cini Foundation/Istituto Italiano Antonio Vivaldi in Venice.
During her formative years, Inês studied recorder, transverse flute, baroque oboe, piano and music theory, having lessons with Luiz Carlos Csekö, Cláudia Ernst Dias, Tina Pereira, Pedro Hasselmann Novaes, Ricardo Kanji, Lélia Brazil, Cecília Altieri, Marco Miglietta, Elza Usurpator Schachter and Rejane Carvalho de França, at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música, Escola de Música Villa-Lobos and Os Seminários de Música Pro Arte, where between 1989 and 1994 she was also a member of the young group Os Flautistas da Pro Arte. With fourteen Inês began to participate in early music festivals both in her native Brazil - Juiz de Fora, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba - and abroad - the X Boston Early Music Festival & Exhibition and the XIII Baroque Academy of the Amherst Early Music Festival. In such occasions she worked with Gwénaël Bihan, Hans-Joachim Fuss, Cléa Galhano, Geert van Gele, Pierre Hamon, Ricardo Kanji, Dan Laurin, Marion Verbruggen, Reine-Marie Verhagen, besides having baroque oboe lessons with Fernando Souza, chamber music lessons with Francisco Gato, Edmundo Hora and Homero de Magalhães Filho and participating in baroque orchestra projects with Manfred Kraemer and Sigiswald Kuijken. In her conservatory years, Inês attended master classes with Winfried Michel, Kees Boeke and Gerd Lünebürger; performed with the Nationale Reisopera, took part at the 12ème Académie Baroque Européenne d'Ambronay under the direction of William Christie, performed as soloist at the opening concert of the Koffieconcert series at the Anton Philipszaal and at the Château de Chimay during the 5th International Baroque Singing Competition, amongst others.
In parallel to her activities as a performer and researcher, Inês has been a teacher for the past 15 years, in different settings and teaching various ages and levels. Her experience ranges from classes to groups of very young children (aged two to four) as a playful introduction to music, and concert-lectures to elementary school students to master-classes to pre-professional recorder players, as well as private lessons to beginners and chamber music coaching for advanced musicians. Inês is also a certified examiner for higher education in The Netherlands (Basiskwalificatie Didactische Bekwaamheid en Basiskwalificatie Examinering voor HBO-docenten), and has been a guest teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague since 2012.