Artistic and musical director
Ezequiel Menalled (Argentina, 1980) is a multi awarded composer and conductor. In 2003 he founded Ensemble Modelo62 and has been its musical and artistic director ever since. He received his Bachelor and Master Composition degree at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where he taught until 2016. His music is performed around the world by numerous ensembles and soloists. Besides his works of abstract concert music, he often collaborates with creator of other art forms such as dance, film, photography and theater.
Rebecca Huber (USA) is a violinist specialising in historical performance practice and contemporary music. She has received her bachelor degree at the Oberlin Music Conservatory and her masters at the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. Since 2012, she has been the artistic director and concert master of the Dutch based orchestra, Symphonie Atlantique. Rebecca also performs with several chamber ensembles and orchestras around the world. She is a member of Modelo62, B’rock in Belgium, and the Elliot quartet. For the last several years, she has also performed frequently in the United States and Mexico, performing with Ars Lyrica in Houston, and La Fontegara, and Cepromusic in Mexico.
JAN WILLEM TROOST
Jan Willem Troost is a versatile cellist and member of Ensemble Modelo62 since 2009. He plays Argentinean tango with the Carel Kraayenhof Ensemble and a mix of classical and world music with his duo Troost & Drost. You can find him playing in orchestral settings, music theatre productions or as a soloist performing his own music. He has studied at the conservatories of Zwolle, Utrecht and Tilburg; from which he graduated in 2006. He has been a finalist in the Jur Naessens Music prize 2009 with the duet “Beating Hollow” for dancer and cellist.
Vasilis specializes in classical and jazz double bass. He studied at the Royal Conservatorium of The Hague, receiving bachelor degrees in jazz and classical double bass, and a masters degree in jazz. Vasilis performs professionally in various combos and styles of music. He appeared as a soloist with Hellas Orchestra of Patras, won the International Jazz competition “Motives for Jazz” with the Poly Quartet in Belgium, and performed with the world famous guitarist George Benson at the North Sea Jazz Festival. Vasilis tours in venues and festivals around the world.
GEMMA TRIPIANA MUÑOZ
Gemma Tripiana Munoz began her studies in her home city of Monzon before completing her first degree at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Zaragoza. She undertook further studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, where she studied with Kersten McCall, and at the Utrecht Conservatory, where she studied with Aldo Baerten. She was a winner of the Ibercaja Concours, leading to solo recitals throughout Spain. She is a currently a member of the Quatriola woodwind quartet and Ensemble Modelo62, and frequently plays with other orchestras and ensembles throughout Spain and The Netherlands.
Justin Christensen is a Denmark-based performer, researcher, and composer who has joined Aalborg University as a post-doctoral researcher. He has previously earned his PhD in music composition in the UK with Michael Finnissy, and completed degrees in music composition and trumpet performance in The Netherlands and Canada. He enjoys performing challenging experimental music, and uses the experience to help develop new creative ideas for his own music.
ENRIC SANS i MORERA
Enric Sans i Morera (Spain, 1988) graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in clarinet and bass clarinet. He actively performs with several ensembles such as Modelo62, Omega Impact, Diamantfabriek, among others. With his performances he has travelled the world to many countries such as Mexico, Poland, Germany, Spain. Enric is a versatile musician who is always developing his musical knowledge across many styles; classical music, music theater, contemporary music, free improv, and is further looking for new musical challenges.
JORGE LÓPEZ GARCÍA
Jorge López García (Spain, 1980) has extensive experience performing both new music and chamber music. His performances have deep links to his dedication as a Conservatory of music teacher in Spain, and his interests in performance and teaching develop in the direction of cultural outreach and the encouragement of artistic creativity. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in The Hague in clarinet and bass clarinet, receiving a scholarship from Cajastur. He has taken part in contemporary music events such as Arco 21 and Gnosis, and has developed activities for institutions such as the University of Oviedo, Fundación Municipal de Cultura de Gijón, and LABoral CACI. He has been professor of clarinet in the Conservatory of Music and Dance in Gijón since 2007.
Teodora Stepančić is a pianist, composer and concert organizer currently based in Brooklyn, New York. As pianist Teodora specializes in performing and premiering works by living and emerging composers, as soloist and in ensembles. She is a member of Ensemble Modelo62 and Ensemble Studio6 (RS), part of Stepančić.Gidron duo (US), and frequently collaborates with different new music ensembles worldwide as both pianist and composer. In her compositions she explores ways of incorporating theatrical and visual elements into music performance, cyclical and game-based musical forms, and developing works in close collaboration with individual performers. She has studied piano and composition at the University of Art in Belgrade and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Klara, originally from the Czech Republic, has been showing an interest in music since an early age. As a child, she played violin, guitar and sang in the choir. By age 13 she decided to play drums, and later she added performing classic percussion as well . She studied classic percussion for 6 years at the conservatory in Brno, and then achieved her Bachelor degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. This was soon followed by a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2012. During her time in The Hague, she fell in love with both experimental and new music. Klara has played with Ensemble Modelo62 since 2013.
Santiago Lascurain (Mexico, 1980) has received his Bachelor degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Master Degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He plays regularly in The Netherlands and Mexico and is a member of Ensemble Modelo62 since 2008, with whom he has toured in Mexico, Argentina and Norway. His solo debut album, ’20th Century Guitar Recital’ received high acknowledgement from critics in The Netherlands and Germany.
Elliot Simpson (United States, 1987) studied with David Tanenbaum at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and with Zoran Dukic at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where he was awarded his master’s degree “with distinction for his extraordinary contribution to new music.” His recordings include the complete Royal Winter Music sonatas of Hans Werner Henze, The Wayward Trail, with music for the just intonation resophonic guitar, and György Kurtág’s Grabstein für Stephan with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw.
Dario Giustarini’s passion for music and technology led him to study Sonology at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague. Since then he has been developing his profession engaging in a range of projects where sound is a crucial element. He currently works as studio manager at Studio LOOS as well as being responsible for the technical realisation of Modelo62 concerts.
RUTGER VAN OTTERLOO
Rutger van Otterloo started his musical career as a saxophone player in several leading bands and ensembles in the Netherlands. Nowadays he plays in the David Kweksilber Big band and has a duo with marimba player Tatiana Koleva. He developed his managing skills as interim manager for Orkest de Volharding and Slagwerk Den Haag. Nowadays he is the manager of Modelo62, Corrie van Binsbergen’s Stichting Brokken and Tatiana Koleva.