Pierre Queval was born in 1988. He has studied at the Nantes and Saint-Maur-des Fossés Conservatories (France), with Michel Bourcier, Eric Lebrun and Pierre Pincemaille, then he went to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris to study with with Michel Bouvard and Olivier Latry for the organ, with Thierry Escaich, Lasalo Fassang, Philippe Lefèbvre and Jean-François Zygel for organ and piano improvisation, and Pierre Pincemaille for the counterpoint. He got a master’s degree in each discipline.
Titular organist of the Cavaillé-Coll organ in St. Ignatius Church in Paris since 2014, Pierre Queval is the seventh ”young artist in residence” at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans (US) from November 2015 to April 2016.
He is performing in many prestigious places in France and abroad (US, England, Italy, Finland).
In Paris, he plays recitals to Notre-Dame, Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Eustache, Sainte-Clotilde, Saint-Denis, La Trinité, Saint-Séverin, Saint-Thomas d’Aquin… and participates to several festivals such as Radio-France et Montpellier/Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron, La Chaise-Dieu, Annecy Classic Festival, Toulouse les Orgues, Lyon Orgue en Jeu, Chartres, Saint-Malo, Carcassonne, L’Alpe d’Huez…
Pierre Queval also regularly plays the piano or the organ to accompany silent films and movies.
He has founded the Meigma Trio with the flautist Charlotte Berthomé and the violonist Mathilde Gandar.
Heikki Ruokonen (born 1958) is a freelance musicien, cantor organist, choir dirigent, pianist. He has worked in music occupation e.g. in Lahti, Hollola, Helsinki and since 1990 in Järvenpää. Ruokonen is the leader of the Prima Vista mixed choir of young adults in the parish of Järvenpää. The choir has performed e.g. in the rock oper Jesus Christ Superstar as theater and concert version in Helsinki and Järvenpää.
The chorus performed in Finlandia House in Helsinki 2003 including south american music with composer Ariel Ramirez and orchestra. Next year the chorus gave a concert in ”Sea ad Music” festival at the Gulf of Finland.
Heikki Ruokonen is at his best improvisation; e.g. film music themes and the variations. In year 2017 Ruokonen performs in Sodankylä film festival (in northern Finland) and plays film music at organ in Sodankylä church. Some years ago Ruokonen improvised the music to Metropolis film by Fritz Lang in Agricola church in Helsinki.
Anna-Mari Yrjänä (b. 1968) is a versatile musician from Kankaanpää who performs as pianist, organist, singer and cembalist as well as accordionist and harmonium player in folk-music bands. She is especially fond of chamber music and accompanying singers, instrumentalists and choirs. She has often assisted various orchestras as a continuo player.
Anna-Mari Yrjänä studied organ at the Sibelius Academy under the guidance of professor Kari Jussila and completed her A-degree with excellent marks in 1996 and the supreme 3-degree in organ improvisation with Harri Viitanen as her teacher. She has further rounded out her studies at several master classes (L.F. Tagliavini, J. van Oortmessern, W. Rübsam, L. Lohmann, H. Vogel).
Since 2012 Anna-Mari has worked at the Kankaanpää Music Institute teaching piano and free accompaniment. Before that she worked as a church musician in, inter alia, the parishes of Kankaanpää and Ikaalinen. She is also active in folk music organizations. Her hobbies include singing in Pori’s Bach Choir and dance sport.
Nikos Spanatis, Countertenor
Countertenor Nikos Spanatis has performed in great Concert Halls in Greece, in International Festivals and has appeared in European Countries in Art Projects, in recitals and in Chamber Music Concerts. He collaborates with renowned orchestra Brussels Virtuosi and their creator and famous flautist Marc Grauwels and Estonian Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta and has collaborated with Swedish Chamber Orchestra ‘Musica Vitae’, Estonian Baroque Ensemble ‘Floridante’ and all major Greek orchestras under the baton of Tiberiu Soare, George Petrou, Vassilis Christopoulos, Miltos Logiadis, etc. He was born in Frankfurt. He has studied advanced music theory, trumpet and piano. He has studied singing with Aris Christofelis, Roza Poulimenou in the Department of Music Studies, Ionian University and soprano Mata Katsouli in Philippos Nakas Conservatory where he was awarded with a Diploma in Classical Solo Singing (1st Prize & first class honors). He has performed works of Greek composers such as Dimitris Maragopoulos and Nikos Mamagakis and has done recordings for the Greek Classical Radio – Third Program, for labels MDG and IDAIA, and of Dimitris Papadimitriou’s ”Aesop’s fables”. He has collaborated and been sponsored by TV5MONDE francophone international channel and Tricolore News. Nikos Spanatis has received warm reviews from Greek and international Press, such as, ”…his velvet, hedonically dark-colored voice enchantingly conversed with the flute of Marc Grauwels…” (The Journalists’ Daily), ”…sings with a lovely tone… and brings energy to his recitatives…”(Voix des Arts), among others. He is a PhD Candidate in Ionian University Department of Music Studies and Artistic Director and Singing Teacher at National Conservatory, Ymittos.
Eleni Keventsidou, Organ
Eleni was born in Athens and started playing the piano at the age of 9 with Kate Trulli at the Athens National Conservatory. She graduated in 1995 with a unanimous First Prize. At that time Eleni was also studying Greek Literature (Linguistics) at the National Republic University of Athens. In 1998 Eleni was awarded a three- year scholarship by the “Friends of Music Society” in order to study the organ with Nicolas Kynaston in the Athens Concert Hall. Studying organ music with Nicolas Kynaston and David Titterington at the Royal Academy of Music Eleni graduated from the Postgraduate Performance Course in 2004 with Distinction and has also studied privately with Johannes Geffert, Head of Church Music Studies at the Cologne Hochschule. Eleni has performed as a soloist at the Athens Concert Hall, Bonn-Beuel, Dusseldorf, Himmerod Abbey (Germany), All Souls Langham Place, Ciutadella Cathedral (Menorca), Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Bath Abbey, Huddersfield Town Hall, Cambridge Festival, St. Dominic’s Priory, Temple de Foyer (Paris), Bristol Cathedral, York Minster, Reading Town Hall, Bergen Organ Festival. As a chamber music player Eleni has performed at St. Martin in the Fields, the Dutch Church London, the Evangelist Church of Katerini (Greece), the Athens Spring Organ Festival and the Athens Megaron with the Capella Istropolitana, the Athens Radio Orchestra and the Athens Camerata. In 2003 Eleni has been awarded a scholarship from the Alexander S.Onassis Scholarship Foundation. In 2004 she was awarded the ‘Margaret and Sydney Lovett Organ Prize’ and the ‘United Music Publishers Ensemble Prize’ (London-Royal Academy). In 2007 she was awarded the Artistic Director’s Prize at Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. In 2005 Eleni participated in a joint recording project with the Royal Academy of Music and the Southwark and South London Organ Society, playing at the Royal Festival Hall. In February she participated in a CD recording of English Choral music with the Rugby School Choirs. Eleni has been Organist-in-Residence at Tonbridge School, Bilton Grange School and Bishops Stortford College. Currently she teaches piano at Kent College, East London Music Service and piano- organ at Rugby School. Eleni obtained her PhD in Organ Performance of Max Reger’s Variations Op. 73 on a full studentship at Christ Church University, Canterbury in 2016.