Accademia Bizantina: strings

strings | basso continuo | wind

Ana Liz Ojeda Hernández
principal of the second violins

Ana Liz Ojeda Hernández is the principal second violin of Accademia Bizantina, a position she has held uninterruptedly since 2012.

Born in Valdivia, Chile, Ana Liz began playing the violin at the age of seven with her father. She then studied modern violin at Columbus College (USA) with Patricio Cobos and at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany with Marco Rizzi.

In 2003 she began to study the historical performance practice of the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries and studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Ryo Terakado.

In 2005 she came to Italy to become second violinist of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano “Giuseppe Verdi”, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

Since 2007 she has been carrying out an intense artistic activity of historically informed performances with Accademia Bizantina, conducted by Ottavio Dantone, with concerts in the most important international halls.

In 2010 together with some members of Accademia Bizantina she founded the ensemble “Il Tetraone”, a quartet/quintet with fortepiano with which she recorded the Quintet “La Trota” by F. Schubert, the Quartet for fortepiano and strings Op. 16 by L.v.Beethoven and the Quartets with Fortepiano KV 478 and KV 493 by W.A.Mozart for NovAntiqua records.

She is frequently invited to collaborate with other early music ensembles in Italy and Europe.

In the educational field she regularly holds masterclasses and baroque music projects in Chile.

Ana Liz Ojeda Hernández - Accademia Bizantina

Lisa Ferguson
violin

A New Yorker of Japanese and British origin, Lisa Ferguson wished to study the violin from the age of four, which came true a year later when she started her studies at the longest running community music school of the USA.

She discovered the world of chamber music at a small music camp in Castine, Maine which she attended for many years from the age of ten. There the studies of chamber music and chamber orchestra were intertwined with outdoor sports such as sailing and tennis.
Her love of making music together with others was born in this special place.

Thanks to her parents who always supported her in her musical studies, she has continued to explore this passion working together with the finest musicians and orchestras in the world.

She enjoys traveling, exploring nature, cooking, reading and the arts together with her husband and son.

Lisa Ferguson - Accademia Bizantina

Maria Grokhotova
violin

Maria was born in Moscow, where at the age of 5 she began her musical studies at the Gnessin State Musical College.

She then focused on the study of modern violin with Leonid Bulatov at the Gnessig Academy of Music, where she is also the concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra. In 2010, she completed her studies with honours.

Her particular interest in early music led her to study baroque violin, attending master classes by Ilia Korol, Elisabeth Blumenstock, Enrico Onofri, Enrico Gatti and Reinhard Goebel.

She studied early music at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and then furthered her studies with Stefano Montanari at the Scuola Civica in Milan, where she graduated with top marks in 2016. She recently completed another masterclass with Gianluca Febo at the Conservatory of Como, where she graduated with honours.

She has won several international prizes, such as Moscow Violin Competition (2006), Austria Barock Akademie Music Award (2007 and 2009), Biber Competirion (Austria 2011), Wanda Lasndowska Competition (Italy 2013), Lombardia è Musica (2021).

She is a regular collaborator with various baroque and modern orchestras in Italy and Europe, and also performs as a soloist and chamber musician.

She is an Argeting tango dancer.

Maria Grokhotova

Paolo Zinzani
violin

Paolo Zinzani was born in Faenza, but grew up and studied in Ravenna. Ever since he was a child, he has been passionate about two things: manual activities – he dreamed of becoming a bicycle mechanic – and music, a passion he acquired from his mother and brother.

Wanting to combine the two, he began studying the violin at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Ravenna. Here he joined a group of friends and students, united by their love of ancient music, and in 1983 they founded the Accademia Bizantina. After graduating in 1986, he continued his activities with Accademia Bizantina, which led him to play in the most important festivals and theatres in Europe and all over the world.

Today he regularly collaborates with AB and teaches violin at the “G.Sarti” Municipal School of Music and at the “Carchidio Strocchi” Comprehensive Institute in Faenza.

He is a motorbike enthusiast and dreams of one day exploring “The Silk Road”.

Paolo Zinzani - Accademia Bizantina

Mauro Massa
violin

Mauro Massa was born in Caserta, where he began studying the violin with L. Simeone. He graduated in 2001; from 2000 to 2002 he attended the classes of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, specializing with F. Cusano, A. Milani and in chamber music with P. Farulli.

From 2003 to 2005 he was a violinist with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma. Starting from 2005 he has collaborated with the Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini, the Orchestra L. Cherubini, the Orchestra da camera della Campania, performing with R. Muti, Y. Temirkanov, Z. Mehta, R. Barshai, L. Piovano, A. Ciccolini, G. Oppitz, A. Meneses among others.

Interested in the study of historical performance practices, in 2010 he graduated in baroque violin at the Civica Scuola di Milano, under the supervision of S. Montanari. He attended a post graduate in violin and quartet with Alessandro Moccia for the classical and romantic repertoire, at the Conservatory of Gent, and attended ECMA courses held by H.Beyerle, J.Meissl, P.Jüdt and other international musicians.

Mauro frequently performs with Accademia Bizantina, I Barocchisti, La Risonanza, Les Musiciens du Prince, Concerto Romano, L’Arte dell’Arco, La Divina Armonia, Il Canto di Orfeo.

He is first violin in the Quartetto Delfico, a string quartet on original instruments that combines the classical repertoire with the performance and rediscovery of the Italian chamber music repertoire. With Quartetto Delfico he has recorded for Passacaille and Brilliant Classics.

He is a great fan of the Naples football team and is fond of baking.

Mauro Massa - Accademia Bizantina

Heriberto Delgado Gutiérrez
violin

Heriberto Delgado Gutiérrez was born in Hermosillo (Sonora state, Mexico).

He graduated with honors as a violin soloist at the University of Guadalajara, where he won first prize in the Higinio Rubalcaba violin competition.

In 2006, he won the contest for the Philharmonic Orchestra of Guadalajara, with which he participated twice as a youth soloist in the UDG.

In 2009 he moved to Italy to specialise in baroque music. He graduated from the Scuola Civica di Milano in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree, and in 2015 with a Master’s degree in baroque violin with Maestro Stefano Montanari. He then attended advanced courses with maestros Enrico Onofri, Elisa Citterio and Nicholas Robinson.

Heriberto regularly performes with orchestras such as Accademia Bizantina, Il Pomo d’Oro, Café Zimmermann, Concerto Italiano, Divino Sospiro, Modo Antiquo, La Barroca.

In 2014 and 2015 he was invited to the Istituto Diocesano di Musica Sacra in Florence as a baroque violin teacher, to tutor the advanced course in early music. Since 2016 he has been teaching courses in Guadalajara, in Mexico City for the AC Barroquísimo, in Monterrey for the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and in Ciudad Obregón. In 2019 he is guest conductor at the Academy of Ancient Music of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (AMA-UNAM).

Heriberto Delgado Gutiérrez - Accademia Bizantina

Sara Meloni
violin

Born in Cagliari in 1988, Sara Meloni graduated in modern violin at her hometown conservatory under the guidance of Attilio Motzo. Her musical interests soon extended to the baroque repertoire with period instruments. She graduated cum laude in baroque and classical violin at the Conservatory of Rome, under the guidance of Luigi Mangiocavallo. She also graduated in Chamber Music in the class of harpsichordist Paola Poncet, at the Conservatory of Piacenza.

Her concert activity has led her to perform with symphony orchestras, opera houses and as a chamber musician both on modern and period instruments, and to perform in the most important festivals and prestigious halls in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.

She regularly works, also as a first violinist and first part, with the orchestras Geneva Camerata (Geneva), Auser Musici (Pisa), La barocca (Milan), Academia Montis Regalis (Mondovì), Accademia Bizantina (Ravenna).

Since 2019 she is the Artistic Director of the Ente Musicale di Nuoro for the Classical Music Season.

She has taken part in CD and DVD recordings for Glossa, Naxos, Dynamic, Sony Classical, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Grammophon and in radio and television broadcasts for the most important national and European broadcasters.

Sara plays an “atelier Andreas Ferdinand Mayr” violin from around 1760.

Sara Meloni - Accademia Bizantina

Marco Massera
viola

Marco Massera graduated in viola from the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan and quickly started his professional life in Italy.

He later moved to Paris, where he received a scholarship to the Ecole Normale de Musique, thus becoming part of the vast French musical scene.

He then began an intense collaboration with French orchestras and opera companies, such as the ONB in Rennes and the Orchestra of Caen, and with ensembles playing period instruments, such as Ensemble Artaserse, Ensemble Matheus, Cappella Gabetta, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, les Ambassadeurs, Orfeo 55, with whom he has performed in the most prestigious halls and important theatres in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

In 2011 M. Minkowsky chose him as the principal violist of his Les Musiciens du Louvre, expanding his symphonic, operatic and chamber music repertoire, ranging from the French Baroque to the early 20th century. Since the summer of 2019 he has been first viola of the Accademia Bizantina.

He has recorded for Sony, Universal, Deutsche Grammophon, Naïve and has held internships and masterclasses at conservatories in Mexico City, Seoul, Taipei and Tianjin (China).

He plays a very rare 17th century Italian tenor viola, probably made in Venice.

Marco Massera - Accademia Bizantina

Alice Bisanti
viola

Born in Milan in 1977, Alice Bisanti graduated in flute at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan, under the guidance of Marlaena Kessick, and in viola at the Conservatorio Nicolini in Piacenza, with Wim Janssen. She perfected her viola skills with Simonide Braconi and at the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
For over a decade she was the first viola player in the Chamber Orchestra Milano Classicae.

She pursued an in-depth study of 17th-19th century performance practice at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan (Scuola Civica), under the guidance of Gianni De Rosa.
She then became part of the European early music circuit, which led her to work with internationally prestigious groups such as the Giardino Armonico, Cappella Gabetta, Les Musiciens du Prince, La Verdi Barocca, Ghislieri Choir & Consort, with whom she performed in major concert halls around the world.

In 2008 she made her debut with Accademia Bizantina, becoming a permanent member and taking part in the orchestra’s whole concert and recording activity, sharing its vision, aesthetic research and spirit.

She has recorded for the major record labels: Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Sony, Warner Music, Novantiqua Records, Outhere, Stradivarius, Onix, Naive, Velut Luna, Tactus, BMG.

In 2010, within Accademia Bizantina and together with Valeria Montanari (fortepiano), Ana Liz Ojeda (violin), Paolo Ballanti (cello) and Giovanni Valgimigli (double bass) she founded the ensemble “Il Tetraone”.

Alice Bisanti is the creator, founder and director of Accademia Bizantina Camp, a large music and theatre summer camp, which has been held in Bagnacavallo since 2014, where she conveys her passion for the musical education of the youth.

She plays a Josephus Rauch viola from 1789 and a Marco Minnozzi viola from 2015.

Alice Bisanti - Accademia Bizantina

strings | basso continuo | wind