Ere Lievonen

Salon Eusebius

Ere Lievonen, fortepiano
Tomoe Badiarova and Eunjung Anna Ryu, violins
Helmut Riebl, viola
Roberto Alonso Álvarez, cello

Salon Eusebius is a chamber ensemble that performs the music of the Classical and Romantic periods on historical instruments, and where possible, in performance settings resembling the musical salons of the 18th and 19th centuries. It was founded in 2011 by fortepianist and harpsichordist Ere Lievonen. The ensemble consists of a core group of five musicians, but varies in size according to the repertory being performed. All the musicians are firmly rooted in the historical performance practice, and experienced with performing internationally with renowned ensembles and orchestras in the field of early music. All also share an interest to expand the boundaries of ”early music” and of historically informed performance, to encompass the whole of the Classical and Romantic periods.

Tomoe Badiarova, violin
She studied modern and baroque violin at Toho University of Music in Tokyo, and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She has performed as a soloist under Masahiro Arita with Hibiki Chamber Orchestra and as a member of several ensembles such as Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra (Masahiro Arita), Les Boreades (Ryo Terakado), Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki) and Libera Classica (Hidemi Suzuki) in Japan. As soloist and concertmaster she performed at the Ambronay Orchestra Academy 2011 under Sigiswald Kuiken. She performs with several ensembles such as La Petite Bande, Il Gardellino, Ensemble Odyssee, The Hague Piano Quintet, Apollo Ensemble etc. Member of Les Esprits Animaux since 2009, recorded 2 CDs for the Ambronay label.

Eunjung Anna Ryu, violin
Native to Korea, she studied the violin at the Manhattan School of Music and later with Daniel Phillips at the Aaron Copland School of Music in the United States of America. After finishing her studies there, she began to explore the baroque violin. This led to her participation in Urbino Early Music Festival and Casa de Mateus where she studied with Enrico Gatti and Marc Destrubé. She also studied with Lucy van Dael at the Amsterdam Conservatory and with Antoinette Lohmann at the Utrecht Conservatory. At the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Utrecht Early Music Festivals, Anna performed in the Fringe concerts. She was co-concertmaster of The Ton Koopman Workshop: Bach Choral Works at the Carnegie Hall in September 2005. She was a participant of L’orchestra Giovanile Accademia Montis Regalis in Mondovi, Italy. In June 2007, she performed and recorded Handel’s ”Rodrigo” with Al Ayre Español. She finished her studies in the Master’s program at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2010, studying with Enrico Gatti.

Helmut Riebl, viola

Roberto Alonso Álvarez, violoncello
After studying violoncello in Vigo and Salamanca (Spain), he moved to The Hague, where he obtained his Master's Degree in baroque cello at the Royal Conservatoire with Lucia Swarts. He has attended lessons by Jaap ter Linden, Wilbert Hazelzet, Sebastien Marq, Barthold Kuijken and others. His experience includes concerts all over Europe with groups such as the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Real Compañía Ópera de Cámara, Estil Concertant and Anima Eterna. He is co-founder of Temperamento, Ensemble Actéon and Les Esprits Animaux.

Ere Lievonen, fortepiano
Ere Lievonen, harpsichordist, (forte)pianist and organist, is specialized in historical performance practice as well as in contemporary music, and has performed at numerous early and contemporary music festivals in several European countries and the USA. He completed his studies in 2011 with Bart van Oort at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, where he obtained his Master’s diploma fortepiano. He also studied in Finland and the Netherlands with Jacques van Oortmerssen, Miklós Spányi, Jacques Ogg en Annelie de Man, among others. Ere Lievonen is an active chamber musician. He founded ’Salon Eusebius’, an ensemble that plays chamber music of the 18th and 19th centuries on historical instruments. He also performs four-hand fortepiano music with Tullia Melandri, and is a member of the baroque ensembles ALGO and ’Beauty and the Beasts’, and of the contemporary music ensembles Hexnut and Scala. He is a founding member of Ensemble Ambrosius, a Finnish ensemble that plays new music on period instruments. He is the organist at the microtonal Fokker organ in the ’Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ’ concert hall in Amsterdam. Ere Lievonen is also active as a composer.

Photo by Bernard H. Foing