Jitka Konečná studied recorder at the Royal College of Music in London (prof. Ashley Solomon and prof. Julien Feltrin) and at the Conservatoire in Ostrava (prof. Jan Kvapil). During her studies in London she participated in several early music projects also performing as a soloist in the London Händel Festival and with the Florilegium Orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall. She received her postgraduate diploma with Distinction, and at the same time she was awarded the McKenna Prize for the Baroque Music. Jitka is regularly giving master classes (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, England, USA) and performs at concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad. Since 2009 she is teaching recorder at the Concervatoire in Olomouc and in Ostrava, from the same year, she also acts as an instructor of the training program for teachers. She is active manager of training courses and seminars, creative workshops and concerts for children, students, teachers and professional recorder players. She is a founding member of i Flautisti – The London Recorder Quartet.
Ilona Veselovská was born in Liberec, Czech Republic. She studied flute as her principal study at the Conservatoire in Teplice. From 2005 she began her postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London where she learnt recorder and baroque flute with Ashley Solomon and Julien Feltrin. Her studies were supported by the Constant & Kit Lambert and Heddy Simpson awards. In 2008- 2009 she studied baroque flute at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with Wilbert Hazelzet. Ilona has also participated several masterclasses and courses and her interest in chamber music gave her opportunity to perform with various ensembles e.g. Musica Puella, La Musica del Mondo. At the present she is a member of i Flautisti – The London Recorder Quartet and addition to that she also performs at various concerts in the Czech Republic. Ilona is teaching recorder as principal study at the Conservatoire in Teplice and occasionally she gives lectures and masterclasses for recorder teachers. At the Conservatoire in Teplice Ilona established project called Teplické flautohry. Which wants support young recorder players to explore the instrument and compare their skills.
Doris Kitzmantel was born in Vöcklabruck, Austria. She studied recorder and piano at the Anton Bruckner University Linz, and also at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Rahel Stöllger. She went for an Erasmus year to the Northern Royal College of Manchester. When Doris returned to Vienna she finished her Master degree in recorder and piano chambermusic with distinction. She has performed as a soloist, in chambermusic groups and with orchestras. Doris has participated in numerous masterclasses with many eminent musicians including Michael Oman, Paul Leenhouts, Han Tol, György Kurtág and Elisabeth Leonskaja. Doris is recipient of several prizes in both national and international competitions. She won the Yamaha-Stipendium-Austria for woodwinds and was awarded the Peter Donohoe Prize for her playing. She became a laureate of Yehudi Menuhin´s Live Music Now foundation. As one of the most talented young artists she was selected for the „Ö1 Talentbörse“ (Austrian Radio Cultural Award Programme) which led to CD productions and broadcasting on the National radio stations of Austria and Iceland. For 2014-2015 she is selected for the „New Austrian Sound of Music“ programme by the ministry for arts and culture which supports her with the Trio Frizzante for concerts in foreign countries such as Poland, Iran, South-Africa, Spain, USA. Doris is also awarded with the Austrian „Start-Stipendium“ 2014. Since 2012 Doris is working with i Flautisti and became a permanent ensemble member in 2014. Currently Doris is teaching in Austria and a freelancing artist giving recitals throughout Austria, Germany, Spain, Romania, England, Greece, Iceland and Taiwan.
The Danish recorder player, Clara Guldberg Ravn (born 1992), studied with professor Dan Laurin at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 2015 and her master’s degree in 2017 and received her diploma in 2018. In the fall of 2015 she was a student at the Conservatoire Supérieur National Musique et Danse de Lyon, France, studying with professor Pierre Hamon. She has taken lessons for musicians such as Michala Petri, Maurice Steger, and Rolf Lislevand. She has received several prizes, including a stipend from Augustinus Fonden, 2018, Kungliga Musikaliska Akademiens nationella Stipendium, 2017, Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stipendium, 2016, and Jakob Gades Talentpris, 2008. She has participated in competitions in Denmark, Sweden and Finland; winning at age 15 in 2008 a Gold Medal in the Danish competition, Berlingske Tidendes Klassiske Musikkonkurrence. In 2018 she won the first prize in the competition EAR-ly for early music singers and instrumentalists from the Nordic and Baltic countries. She performs frequently with a solo repertoire and in various chamber music constellations.
The release of her debut CD with the first six sonatas by Martinus Ræhs was released on the record label, Arcantus, in October 2020. The CD is the first of two CDs with the complete flute sonatas by the Danish composer Martinus Ræhs (1702-1766). On the CD she is joined by Anna Paradiso, harpsichord and piano, Mats Olofsson, cello, and Jonas Nordberg, theorbo and baroque guitar.