Tenor and director
Mick’s first experience of singing was as a choirboy at Ely Cathedral (England) from the age of 8, where the choir sang at least eight services every week. After singing in chamber choirs in Holland and France, he became a founder member of the Art of Music in 1993 and its director in 1996. He enjoys delving into the inexhaustible seams of little known Renaissance music, looking for undiscovered gems.
Jennifer sang in various ensembles while at Oxford University, including the Arcadian Singers and the Oxford Bach Choir (under Christopher Robinson) and subsequently joined the Elysian Singers of London. She has also performed as solo soprano with chamber and church choirs in the UK, Germany and Luxembourg. She has been a member of the Art of Music since 2010.
Magdalena (Magda) Mateńko
Magdalena sang in the Warsaw University Choir, then in early and baroque music ensembles in Warsaw [Ars Antiqua, La Tempesta]. As a singer, she has attended early music workshops in Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In Luxembourg, in addition to the Art of Music, she sings in the Chœur symphonique de la Grande Région and participates in occasional musical projects both as a choir and solo singer.
Marita has a passion for music, the foundations for which were laid in her early childhood when she discovered the beauty of harmonies while listening to her mother sing and her father play the piano. She has enjoyed singing with choirs in every place where she has lived, including the Ruhrgebiet (the area where she was born and grew up), Frankfurt and its surroundings, Luxembourg and Vienna. She became the alto when The Art of Music was founded in 1993, left the group in 2006 when she moved to Vienna and rejoined the ensemble in 2013 after her return to Luxembourg.
Nigel dabbled in singing at university and, after an enforced break, picked up the habit again in Hungary, where he joined the Budapest Purcell Choir and various chamber groups. He has been with the Art of Music since 2008 and enjoys singing less well-known pieces, particularly the ‘really old stuff’.
Edward knew of Tallis and Byrd from the chapel choir at school, but his first real contact with early music came via the Robert Carver mass in Baxter & Bullock’s church opera ‘The Passioun o Sanct Andraa’. So he became the bass when the Art of Music was set up in 1993. Their performance of Taverner’s ‘Quemadmodum’ led him to taking up the bass and tenor viol a few years later.
Fabian started learning the piano at a very young age and in 2007 he passed Trinity College London’s Advanced Level Graded Examination in Music Performance (Grade 8). In 2006, Fabian joined the Schola Cantorum Jubilate choir. Later on, he was appointed as Assistant Musical Director. Following his move to Luxembourg, Fabian joined The Art of Music in 2017.
Danijel started singing at university in the KZIF chamber choir in Zagreb, Croatia. This included occasional workshops and performances with the Croatian Baroque Ensemble. During his studies abroad he sang in Ensemble Le Palais Royal in Paris and in Frankfurter Konzertchor in Frankfurt. After moving to Luxembourg in 2013 he spent some time singing in Eurocantica choir. After a short break from choral music he joined The Art of Music in 2017.