The Ensemble

The ensemble FIORI MUSICALI AUSTRIA was founded by the harpsichordist Marinka Brecelj with the idea of playing early music from Italy. The program has been expanded over the years and even if the focus has remained on Italy, crossover elements are currently enriching the musical spectrum. The ensemble’s repertoire is constantly opening up to elements of traditional Italian, Sephardic, Turkish, Syrian or South American music.

Marinka Brecelj

Marinka Brecelj is born in Bolzano, where she received the Diploma in Performance for Piano. Subsequently she studied harpsichord, piano and ensemble at the Viennese conservatory and the conservatory “G. Verdi” in Milano. At the same time, she studied musicology at the university of Bologna where she was promoted with distinction in 1994. She performed as harpsichordist in many cities in Italy, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Slovenia, Colombia, Peru and Mexico. She appeared in many festivals and concert series as soloist (Wiener Festwochen, Intenationales-Komponistinnen-Festival in Kassel, Jeunesse in Mailand, Festival Alte Musik Rovinj). In 2002 she founded the ensemble for early music “Fiori Musicali Austria” in which she is performing since regularly. Her repertory includes besides compositions of the baroque, also contemporary pieces, some dedicated to her.

Özlem Bulut started her career as street musician. At the age of 14 she visited the Music conservatory of the Mersin Üniversitesi, afterwards she studies opera in Instanbul and Vienna, and performed at the Volksoper Wien, Opera Bastille Paris and Staatsoper Wien. Awarded with the Austrian World Music and the Mia Award, the singer is regularly guest at renown and international stages with her versatile projects. With her own project the singer and musician Özlem Bulut is connecting elements of Anatolian and oriental music with Jazz, Pop and Soul since 2008. Performances at the Donauinselfest, the ORF Radiokulturhaus and Porgy and Bess followed. With the project „Baroque Arabesque“ she is the first time in contact with the music of the Baroque and trying to find a new soundscape with historical instruments.

Julia Kainz, born in Gmünd/Waldviertel, received her diplomas in performance and musical education at the University for Music in Vienna and on several master classes. As versatile violinist she is performing in smaller and bigger formations in the genres of Baroque, classic and Viennese music as well as in bands, on 4 continents so far. She focuses on Early Music and World Music, mainly in oriental music. With the project “Baroque Arabesque” she connects both of her interests

Pia Pircher, born in Vienna, is a viol player, artist and researcher on viol music. Fascinated since her early childhood by sounds and music, she developed a keen interest while growing up into the astatically and philosophical origin and as well as the cultural background of arts, and the expressivity of music, especially in particular on the viol.
Exploring the diversity of sounds and expressions on the viol, Pia’s aim is to find a contemporary approach to the instrument and her own speech on it.

Pat Feldner is a multi-percussionists in the field of World Music, Jazz, Rock, Folk and Early Music. He started as percussionist, taking lessons with Dieter Herfert (Vienna Conservatory), focused later Hand Percussion and studied in Varanasi/India the classical Indian Tabla with Nandlal Mishra, Ramchandra Sharma (All India Radio & TV) and Chauggan Lal Mishra. He discovered the world of the frame drum and is interested in historical and oriental percussion as well.

Claudia Guarin , is a distinguished international opera- and concert singer, known for her high musicality, vocal flexibility and strong presence on stage. Born in Colombia, she studied first viola, before completing her vocal studies (songs and opera) at the Music University of Vienna. Her debut in 1999 as Pamina (Mozarts Magic Flute) was followed by performances at Wiener Staats- und Volksoper, Burgtheater, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Carinthischer Sommer, Wiener Kammeroper, Kammeroper Graz, Internationale Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen, Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus Wien. She was further invited to tour in Europe, Japan and Colombia. Since 2014 she is performing regularly with Fiori Musicali Austria.

Karin Hageneder The recorder and flute player studied at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz (BA), the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (BMus) and the Kunst und Musik Privatuniversität in Vienna (MA). She played in symphonic orchestras (Brucknerorchester Linz, Tonkünstler NÖ), in early music ensembles (Austrian Baroque Company, The Royal Wind Music, Quadriga Consort), as stage musician (Staatsoper Wien), as soloist, in competitions and in international tours (Australien, Asien). 2015-2016 Karin was asked to replace the recorder teacher at the Joseph Haydn Konservatorium in Eisenstadt.