Ernst Stolz is engaged in various aspects of music education. One of his
major activities is the teaching of piano lessons at his music studio. Ernst is
an experienced and much sought-after piano teacher, and has worked as a teacher
of music in secondary education. He enjoys giving music lessons to both children
and adults, and he considers these activities an important mission.
Ernst is a performer of early music (Renaissance and Baroque). He thinks it is
of great importance that he is engaged himself, in making music at a high level.
He primarily focuses on the viola da gamba, but also plays harpsichord. It is
his conviction that there are always new things to learn in music and from the
music itself. Ernst has received his training at several Dutch institutes of
music, including The Royal Conservatory.
He studied recorder with Micheal Barker, harpsichord with Bob van Asperen,
forte- piano with Stanley Hoogland and voice with Meinard Kraak. Ernst received
his piano lessons from Sumiko Nagaoka at The Utrecht Conservatoire, where he
graduated as a teacher/musician. In addition, he studied choir conducting in
Tilburg with Louis Buskens, as well as music education in Rotterdam.
Apart from the many hours of teaching, he practices his various instruments on a
daily basis. It is his conviction that there are always new things to learn in
music. Other teachers include Bernard Kruijsen, Marjanne Blok, Jaques Ogg, Max
van Egmond, Erik van Nevel and Rebecca Stewart. For some time, he also worked
with viola da gamba players such as Wieland Kuijken, Freek Borstlap and José
Vasquez. Frequently, Ernst participates in early music consorts and Cantata
performances. His fine instruments have been built by Marco Ternovec and Floris
van der Voort among others.
The playing of the viola da gamba, occupies a central place in his musical
future. It is his intention to promote this wonderful instrument by public
performance and the giving of private lessons. Ernst Stolz is available for basso
continuo parts and playing Bach cantatas and the like. He performs frequently
together with harpsichordist Karel Smagge.
The music recordings that he publishes on YouTube, amongst other things, have turned gradually into a
substantial part of his music practice. In these video clips, Ernst performs
various works from his vast repertoire in accordance with period performance
practice. For many years, Ernst worked as a music teacher for Stichting
Buitenkunst. Apart from the teaching activities at his own music studio, Ernst
is also frequently occupied as a choral conductor.
His daily uploads on YouTube, have become an important part of his work. Many
positive reactions are the result of this effort and moreover he got also
attention from composers, colleagues, concert-organizations and even his music
is used in an Italian film by Serena Nono (daughter of Luigi Nono).
Ernst is planning some recordings with other musicians for the coming years and some solo work like the works
by Tobias Hume. Ernst Stolz is also a performer of Medieval music and his
publishing plans are also in this field.
In Ernst's second release with Magnatune he works with Romeo Ciuffa and Karel Smagge on the release Ciaconna.
Romeo Ciuffa approached music for the first time when he was eight through a
local band experience, when he took his first flugelhorn classes. In 1989 he
joined a French horn class at the Conservatoire of "S. Cecilia" in Rome, where
his supervisor was Luciano Giuliani. Consequently he studied bass tuba and
trombone at the same Conservatoire.
His concert activity and personal insight into the historical aspects of music allowed him to study different styles,
starting from traditional chamber and solo repertoire until ancient music
specifically related to the XVII and XVIII centuries. Mr. Ciuffa has been deeply
touched and impressed by this kind of music.
Karel Smagge was born in 1948 and studied harpsichord at the Royal
Conservatory in the Hague, Netherlands with Bob van Asperen.
He also studied with Frans Brüggen, Don Smithers, Alan Curtis and
Marius van Altena. As well as courses with Gustav Leonrd, Ton Koopman and
He is conductor of several choirs and also worked as the conductor or
harpsichordist with the Monteverdi Ensemble (Gelsenkirchen),
Pro Cantione Antiqua (London), Concerto Vivo (Dortmund), de
Städtische Oper (Dortmund), The Spirit of Gambo (NL), The King's College Choir (Cambridge) and Collegium Aureum (Köln) .
Karel has also played on many early music festivals, in Radio broadcasts and was a lecturer for European universities.