Ensemble Due Venti is a project based basso continuo group, created to perform 18th century vocal and instrumental chamber music. The goal is to perform the music with joy and freedom within the conventions of the various styles. The group seeks to create beauty in recordings and concerts in servitude of the composer and the music. The ensemble consists of befriended and appreciated colleagues. For this recording the ensemble consisted of Agnieszka Oszanca, cello, Simone Vallerotonda, archlute, and Alessandro Trapasso, harpsichord.
Agnieszka Oszanca studied historical cello under the guidance of Viola de Hoog at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. She specialized in solo and chamber music repertoire from the early baroque to the late Romantic period. After her studies, she was awarded scholarship by the foundation Academia Montis Regalis and joined its orchestral training scheme, where she had a pleasure to lead basso continuo section. She was a finalist of the International Young Artist Presentations and a recipient of the Second Prize at Mannheimer Musikfest.
Her style of playing is often described as fiery, exciting, stylish, and tasteful. She is highly praised for her freedom of expression. Agnieszka Oszanca is one of the most accomplished Polish baroque musicians of her generation. She performs regularly with European orchestras and chamber music ensembles, playing in the most important concert venues and early music festivals. Her present professional engagements include regular appearances in role of principal cello with Ensemble Odyssee (NL), Ensemble Stile Galante (IT/NL). She is guest principle cellist of Capella Cracoviensis (PL), Fabio Bonizzoni`s La Risonanza (IT), and of several other Italian and Polish groups specialized in historical informed performance practice.
She appears as a soloist in sonata as well as concerto repertoire where she focuses on the compositions from the high baroque period and Bach unaccompanied cello suites. She forms duos with brilliant harpsichordists Patrycja Domagalska (PL) and Fabio Bonizzoni (IT) and also collaborates with an Italian dancer Francesca La Cava on a project featuring music for violoncello solo by Bach and Biber.
Agnieszka Oszanca has recorded for several CD labels and major radio and tv stations. is published by Challenge Records published her first solo album of 6 cello sonatas of Salvatore Lanzetti’s Opus 1 in May 2019. The album was received warmly. She plays on a copy of an Italian baroque cello made specially for her by Master Luthier Jan Bobak.
She is the Baroque Cello teacher at the Harpsichord and Historical Performance Practice Department of Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, and at La Risonanza Early Music Summer Academy in Bertinoro, Italy.
In her free time Agnieszka loves to spend her free time in the mountains, hiking, skiing or climbing, or in the kitchen, cooking, fermenting and baking.