Passacaglia regularly works with a number of renowned musicians, who join the group for individual concerts or tours.
Julia has been described as a soprano with “a perfect voice. a timbre of burnished antique gold” with a “blend of passion, subtlety, technical control and perfect diction” whose “rare gifts add up to a complete singer”. Particularly renowned for her interpretation of Baroque music, she enjoys an international career combining both concert and staged performances with recordings for major labels, television and radio.
Along with Julia’s extensive work with the Academy of Ancient Music (Christopher Hogwood/Paul Goodwin), the New London Consort (Philip Pickett), the Gabrieli Consort (Paul McCreesh), London Baroque and Florilegium, she has been a guest with many other specialist orchestras and conductors including Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert, Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque, Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, Ivor Bolton and St James Baroque, Marcus Creed and Freiburg Baroque, Philippe Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale and Gustav Leonhardt and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has performed Scarlatti Cantatas with Gerard Lesne and Il Seminario Musicale in France, Purcell Songs with the Purcell Quartet in Istanbul, Slovenia and Japan and songs by Byrd through to Elvis Costello with the viol consorts Fretwork and Concordia in Austria, Ireland and Slovenia.
Christopher Suckling is a versatile musician acclaimed for his captivating expressivity. He is a principal player with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, and the Feinstein Ensemble; as a continuo cellist, he has performed and recorded with artists such as Plácido Domingo and Rolando Villazón, and can be found guesting at opera houses across Europe. He can also be heard on disc as a principal player with the Taverner Consort, the Early Opera Company, the Dunedin Consort, and Ludus Baroque. Specialising on bass violins of varying sizes, Christopher appears regularly with the Monteverdi String Band, the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble and His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts.
In recent years the recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin has performed in most parts of the world. Tours to the USA, Japan, Korea, India and Australia as well as appearances in the major European musical centres have confirmed his reputation as one of the most interesting – and sometimes controversial – performers on his instrument. His efforts to rediscover the sound possibilities of the recorder have resulted in a technical facility and a style of playing that have won him numerous awards including a Grammy, the Society of Swedish Composers’ prize for the best interpretation of contemporary Swedish music and the Performer’s Prize from The Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
Eligio Luis Quinteiro was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands). He began studying the lute and theorbo in 1989 with Eugene Ferre in the Conservatoire National de Region de Toulouse (France), attending masterclasses with Paul O’Dette, Hopkinson Smith and Jose Miguel Moreno.
He is co-founder and artistic director of the ensembles Capilla Cayrasco and Camerata Cayrasco, and is in great demand as a soloist and as accompanist for recitals of baroque song (on theorbo) and romantic lied (on guitar). As a specialist in basso continuo Eligio Luis is a member of the early music ensembles I Fagiolini, La Serenissima, Ex Cathedra, The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort & Players, St. James’s Baroque and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment; he also has worked with modern orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.