Tuuli Korte is a soprano from Finland. Her passion and curiosity towards early music have brought her to study in the Netherlands, at the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, where she is specializing in historical performance practice. She is an active performer as a soloist and as a member in various early music ensembles, and has performed in festivals such as Aurore -renaissance music festival and Sastamala Gregoriana.
Several vocal masterclasses with well-known artists (such as Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb) have greatly inspired her to immerse herself deeper in the world of early music. For many years she has gained experience combining vocal studies and performance with instrumental studies on the historical violin; baroque opera is familiar to her, performed both on stage and in the pit! She is especially inspired by the relationship and imitation between the human voice and the violin. She plays as a member in Juliana Quartet, a string quartet specializing in 18th century music, and enjoys working as a violin and singing teacher in the Hague.
Kateřina Maňáková is Czech lutenist currently based in The Hague, where she studies her master degree at Royal Conservatoire in classes of Joachim Held and Mike Fentross. She started her early music studies already in Czech Republic at Konzervatoř P. J. Vejvanovského, Kroměříž with Karel Fleischlinger and she also holds a degree from Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, where she was studying lute with Jan Čižmář.
Her studies of Spanish Filology at University of Palacký in her native city Olomouc and in Universidad de Oviedo, Spain, let her professional path towards a specialization in vihuela de mano and polyphony music of 16th century as a performer, but also as a researcher. Apart of this magnificent instrument, she is focusing also on a renaissance lute, theorbo and baroque guitar, especially as a continuo player.
Kateřina is an active performer and she has been collaborating with several ensembles focusing on early music projects like Europäisches Hanse Ensemble, Lutherse Bach Ensemble, Nederlands Kamerorchest, Castello in Arie, Bohemian Lute Orchestra, The Scroll Ensemble, Hathor Consort and others.