Barbara Reiter grew up in Austria as part of a musical family of eight children. She studied classical cello at the Anton Bruckner Universität in Linz, and was awarded diplomas in performance and pedagogy, both with distinction. Soon afterwards she became interested in historical instrument performance, and completed a postgraduate degree in baroque cello at the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music, where she studied on full scholarship with Catharina Meints.
In 2001, during her final year of study in America she won a place in the European Baroque Orchestra, launching her career as a period instrument specialist. Since then she has performed throughout Europe and beyond with Lautencompagney Berlin, Dresdner Barockorchester, Wiener Akademie, Main Barockorchester Frankfurt, the Musical & Amicable Society of England, and Ensemble ColCanto. Barbara is a founding member of Trio1800, Bizzaries, La Gioconda, and Wiener Tanzfreundinnen.
Barbara has recorded with the Raumklang, Carus, Koch International, and ORF labels, and has been heard in radio productions with the ORF, WDR, and BBC.
She and her family have been living in The Netherlands since 2008.
Cordula Kurthen was born in Stuttgart and studied in Karlsruhe, London, Vienna, and Lucerne. Chamber music was always of particular interest to her. She performed in several ensembles at festivals including the Moritzburgfestival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Schwetzinger Festspiele in Germany. In 2011 she performed at the Zermatt festival in Switzerland with members of the Berlin Philharmonic. She especially enjoyed leading the 2 nd violin section at the international Bachacademie in Stuttgart and being concertmaster at the Lucerne Festival Academy with Pierre Boulez, where she played the worldpremier of Elliot Carter’s “What are Years”.
Cordula has worked in Germany with the Museumorchester Frankfurt and the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, and the 21 st Century Orchestra and the Camerata Zürich in Switzerland. In The Netherlands she has played with the Nederlands Begeleidings Orkest and the HOC. Cordula has always been focused on passing on her passion and knowledge to the future
generation. In Switzerland she taught both adults and children in various music schools and founded a student orchestra. In The Hague she works at the German school, at the European School and has worked at “Stiftung Sprach-Dach”.