About the Artists
Since its founding in 2011, Conciertos de la Villa has hosted artists of international stature. Festival2019 features music from the Renaissance Era performed by musicians representing one of the United States foremost conservatories, brass instrumentalists from Chicago and the esteemed chorus from the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Culture.
National Conservatory of Music
Peabody Renaissance Ensemble
Mark Cudek, Director
"...stylish atmospheric performances."
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
Peabody Renaissance Ensemble was founded at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in 1988 by Mark Cudek. Select members of the ensemble were recently featured at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival and the Walters Art Museum's Peabody on the Court Music Series and won an award from Early Music America to perform at the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival. Early Music America's review of In the Circle of Henry VIII called it "simply stunning." The ensemble presented a program of Jewish music for the 25th Anniversary of Bolton St. Synagogue and has collaborated with actors from the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival in programs of Shakespeare's Music.
The ensemble was featured at the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project and has performed internationally in Rome, Tokyo and Taipei, Taiwan's National Recital Hall. This series of concerts marks Peabody Renaissance Ensemble second appearance in the Colonial City. There were featured artists in Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival2016.
Praised for their “high level of musicality and technical ability” and for their “clean, clear and precise sound,” the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as “one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music.” As the only Brass Quintet in 27 years to ever win the prestigious Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2012), and the only American ensemble to ever win the Preis der Europa-Stadt Passau in Germany (2012), Axiom has also been named winners of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition and prize-winners of the 2016 M-Prize, 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and the Jeju City International Brass Quintet Competition in South Korea.
Axiom Brass is dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians.
Axiom’s commitment to education and their blend of virtuosic performances and dynamic teaching have inspired young audiences around the nation, earning the ensemble the 2011 Fischoff Educator Award. Their educational concert “Let’s Make Music” has captivated thousands of elementary and middle school students in the U.S. Since 2011 the ensemble has been featured as brass quintet-in-residence for the National Brass Symposium, sharing the stage with principal brass players from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony.
Internationally recognized for their groundbreaking programming, their repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet. Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the U.S. Axiom’s dedication to brass repertoire has led the ensemble to commission and premiere several new works, including Avian Capriccio by Augusta Read Thomas, Axiom by Liduino Pitombeira, A Martyred Village by David Faleris, Celestial Suite by James Stephenson and For Then and Now by Laurence Bitensky. For Celestial Suite, Axiom Brass partnered with the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, the Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet, the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Fischoff Chamber Music Society, as well as with the Digital Visualization Theater of the University of Notre Dame and Professor Keith Davis.
Highlights of Axiom’s past seasons have included concerts in the Dominican Republic, Germany, Portugal, Spain, China, South Korea and Japan; a four-week residency at the Grand Tetons Music Festival; the release of their début album New Standards, clinics and performances at the 2010, 2012 and 2015 Midwest Clinic, their New York debuts at Symphony Space and Merkin Hall, masterclasses at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, as well as recitals, masterclasses and solo appearances with orchestras and bands around the U.S. In October of 2013, Axiom gave the American premiere of Fantasia Flamenca and the world premiere of Raimundo Penaforte’s Concertice for brass quintet and orchestra under the baton of David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony, followed by the 2015 midwest premieres of Bernard Rands’ Adieu for quintet and strings, and the Midwest premiere of Fantasia Flamenca with the Grand Rapids Symphony. During the 2016/17 season Axiom commissioned and premiered ten new works as a celebration of the ensemble's 10th anniversary.
KORIBE is the Chamber Choir of the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic. Its name recalls the indigenous Caribbean voice with which this cultural region was baptized. Its sonority and chamber choir format is determined by the number of singers in the group. Begun in 2013 this choir of 20 musicians, has made numerous presentations, winning the esteem and approval of the many diverse audiences it serves.
Koribe’s varied repertoire integrates works of diverse genres and styles, and it dedicates a special interest to Dominican, Caribbean and Latin American music. It seeks to showcase the brilliant sounds of the Dominican culture, the richness of its languages and the wide colors of its folkloric traditions.
The group is currently working on the production of its new project ¨Colección Musical Raíz” (Musical Roots Collection), a selection of 31 new choral works resulting from the research by its director, Nadia Nicola, on the Coopersmith Collection Archives and dedicated to the vocal expression of the Dominican rural environment. Recent recordings include 9 luces Navideñas Dominicanas" (2015) and "Patria" (2016).
As an artistic group, this chamber choir takes on a social responsibility and, together with its schedule of presentations in formal and representative spaces, conceives and executes the program "KORIBE sings to its people". Through presentations and educational recitals in schools, hospitals, hospices, parks and squares Koribe takes choral music to places where, sometimes, more is desired and less is expected - offering an embrace of friendship, joy, education and hope through music.
Koribe represents, with pride and passion, the choral practice in the Dominican Republic.
Nadia Nicola, Music Director of Koribe
Nadia Nicola is the Founder and Music Director of KORIBE, Chamber Choir of the Ministry of Culture of the Dominican Republic. She is also the Founder and Director of Vocal Studio, a center for teaching Choral Art and Music Education.
She has been Musical Producer of Discography KORIBE "Christmas Lights", "Patria" and "Root Music Collection" Vocal and Choral Director in Performing Productions and Musical Theater, National Company of Theater, and Modern Dance Company, among others.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Nadia Nicola graduated in Violin and Musical Studies from the Alejandro García Caturla Conservatory and in Choral Direction of the National School of Arts, Havana, Cuba. She has DipABRSM (Hons.) In Music Direction Orchestra, LRSM Music Direction Choral and is a Licensee of the Royal Schools of Music in Music Direction.
She has attended numerous pedagogical programs receiving Diplomas, Education, Training Courses and Musical Education, Choral Direction, Pedagogy and Methodology of Musical Teaching and Choral Practice, Vocal Technique in Choral Practice.
She was awarded prizes as a Choral Director on several occasions, among them, Hnos Saíz Music Contest (Havana, 1990) Grand Prix Choir Director, EGREM Prize (Recordings and Musical Editions Company), Cuban Cultural Assets Fund Award, Editora Musical Award Cuban Isaac Albéniz Music Festival and Competition (Havana, 1990) where she received the First Prize in Choral Direction.