The core of the ensemble is formed by a Trio:

Gabriele Hilsheimer - Recorder, Tranverse and Classical Flute
Johannes Vogt - Lute, Chitarrone, Archlute, Baroque and Biedermaier Guitar.
Michael Spengler - Viola da Gamba

According to the programme the instrumentation can vary. For some years Gabriele Hilsheimer and Johannes Vogt have performed together as the Duo felice. To date our guests were Susanne Kaiser, Cembalo and Russ Hodge, Viola da Gamba. For details of larger instrumentations see about fcb.
Gabriele Hilsheimer - Recorder and Tranverse Flute - studied music at the Conservatories of Hannover, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Mannheim, as well as Musicology and Politics at the Universities of Hannover and Göttingen. Her most important teachers were Walter van Hauwe, Marion Verbruggen (recorder) and Karl Kaiser (baroque and classical flute). She performs as a soloist and chamber musician with a repertoire, which stretches from the 14th to 20th century. She works together with different (baroque) orchestras. She teaches at the Conservatory of Church Music at Heidelberg, the Mannheim Music School and gives courses on different subjects.
Michael Spengler - Viola da Gamba - studied at the Conservatory of Freiburg. He is a member of different ensembles, specialising in Early Music, such as La Gamba Freiburg, and I Ciarlatani Heidelberg. He has performed throughout Europe and has made recordings for the radio and various cds.
Johannes Vogt - Lute - studied Guitar and Lute at the Conservatories of Heidelberg and Aachen, as well as German, Philosophy and Musicology at the University of Heidelberg. He performs as a soloist and continuo-player throughout Europe with groups such as Musica antiqua Köln, musica alta ripa, L´arpa festante and has worked with conducters such as Neville Marriner. He performs in the Duo Panormo together with the lutenist Ulrich Wedemeyer. He taught the Lute at the Conservatory of Mannheim from 1992-1999.
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